Vodden is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was a name given to a god of Anglo Saxon origin. The surname Vodden originally derived from the Old English word Odin, Fodin, or Voden.
which referred to an ancient pagan god of the Saxons
. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat.
Early Origins of the Vodden family
The surname Vodden was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Vodden family
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Vodden Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Vodden were recorded, including Foden, Fodon, Vodden, Voden and others.
Early Notables of the Vodden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vodden family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Vodden family emigrate to North America:
Vodden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Vodden, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
Vodden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Nance Vodden, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1913
- Harriett Jane Vodden, aged 33, who settled in America from Cardiff, Wales, in 1916
- Vernon Vodden, aged 2, who landed in America from Cardiff, Wales, in 1916
- Rhoda Vodden, aged 66, who landed in America from Devonport, England, in 1920
- Stanley Vodden, aged 8, who emigrated to America from Plymouth, England, in 1921
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Contemporary Notables of the name Vodden (post 1700)
- Lucy Vodden, born Lucy O'Donnell, English classmate of Julian Lennon, inspiration for his father's song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" often mistakenly assumed to be an acronym for LSD
- Henry Townsend Vodden (1887-1960), English episcopal, the fifth Bishop of Hull (1934 to 1957)