Sultan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Sultan surname lived 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 Sultan family

The surname Sultan 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 Sultan family

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Sultan Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sultan are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Sultan include: Sowdon, Sowden, Sowton, Sowten and others.

Early Notables of the Sultan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Sultan family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sultan or a variant listed above: John, Michael, and Benjamin Sowden who settled in Maryland in 1774; William Sowden arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860; Mary Sowton settled in Maryland in 1737..


Contemporary Notables of the name Sultan (post 1700) +

  • Amet-Han Sultan, Russian fighter pilot and flying ace in the Soviet Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 30 aerial victories
  • Sultan McCullough (b. 1980), American NFL running back


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