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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.

Sowden Early Origins



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.

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Sowden Spelling Variations


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Sowden Spelling Variations



Sowden has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Sowdon, Sowden, Sowton, Sowten and others.

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Sowden Early History


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Sowden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sowden research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sowden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sowden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sowden Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sowden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Sowden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John, Michael, and Benjamin Sowden who settled in Maryland in 1774

Sowden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Sowden arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860

Sowden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Sowden, aged 22, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • John Sowden, aged 40, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
  • Ann Sowden, aged 14, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
  • George Sowden, aged 43, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowden (post 1700)


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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
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Sowden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sowden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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