The ancestors of the name Sowden date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in an area that was referred to as the south down.
The surname may also refer to the valley where the sows were kept.
In either occasion the surname denotes a place-name in the county of Devon.
Early Origins of the Sowden family
The surname Sowden was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowton, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Sowden family
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Sowden Spelling Variations
Sowden has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Sowden have been found, including Sowdon, Sowden, Sowton, Sowten and others.
Early Notables of the Sowden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sowden family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Sowdens to arrive on North American shores:
Sowden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Sowden, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Sowden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John, Michael, and Benjamin Sowden who, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Sowden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Sowden, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860
Sowden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Sowden, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1854.shtml
- John Sowden, aged 40, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
- Ann Sowden, aged 14, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
- George Sowden, aged 43, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
Contemporary Notables of the name Sowden (post 1700)
- William Henry Sowden (1840-1907), English-born, American politician, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
- William Henry Sowden (1840-1907), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 10th District, 1885-89 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Peter Tasker "Paddy" Sowden (1929-2010), English professional association football player
- Abraham Sowden (1853-1921), English first-class cricketer, who played eight matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in the late 1800s
- George J. Sowden (b. 1942), English inventor and entrepreneur, inventor of the SoftBrew coffee brewing device in 2010
- Rebecca Sowden (b. 1981), New Zealand association football player who represented New Zealand at an international level
- Ben Sowden (b. 1983), British actor, best known for his roles as Thomas in Children's Ward (1989) and John Reed in Jane Eyre (1997)
- Arthur Sowden (b. 1878), Australian rules footballer