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The name Sowder began among the descendants of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. It was a name for a cobbler. The name is derived from the Old English word soutere, which in turn comes from the Old Norse word sutare, which means shoemaker or cobbler.

Sowder Early Origins



The surname Sowder was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where Colin, son of Angus Souter, held lands in 1264.

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Sowder Spelling Variations


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Sowder Spelling Variations



Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Sowder has appeared Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.

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Sowder Early History


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Sowder Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sowder research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1375, 1422, 1438, and 1663 are included under the topic Early Sowder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sowder Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sowder Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sowder 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



Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Sowder name:

Sowder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Sowder, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Sowder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Petter Sowder, aged 48, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Hants Philipp Sowder, aged 17, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • George Thomas Sowder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Charles Sowder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Sowder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • F. Sowder, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Francis B. Sowder, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Mrs. B. Frank Sowder, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1908

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowder (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowder (post 1700)



  • V. M. Sowder, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 26th District, 1912-15
  • Earl C. Sowder, American Republican politician, Independent Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 5th District, 1946
  • Sam Sowder (b. 1975), Canadian professional hockey player

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    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. 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.
    10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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    The Sowder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sowder 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 October 2015 at 11:08.

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