The descendants of the clans of the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Picts
were the first to use the name Sowders. 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
Early Origins of the Sowders family
The surname Sowders 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.
Early History of the Sowders family
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Sowders Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Sowders has been spelled Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.
Early Notables of the Sowders family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sowders family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Sowders: Frederick Souter who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753; Nicholas Sowter settled in Philadelphia in 1733; Martin Suter settled in Carolina in 1771 with his three children..
Contemporary Notables of the name Sowders (post 1700)