Origin of the Name Soden
The ancient history of the name Soden
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Soden include Sowden, Sowdon and Soudon. This is a locational name meaning 'of Suddon', a West Country name. Although this name originated in England most of the family are now found in Ireland. This sept came from Sligo.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
Thomas Soden acquired lands in Lislakely, County Sligo and soon afterwards he owned the Grange property. They appear in the 1659 Census in the person of James Soden of Grange, he being one of the Protestant gentlemen attained under James II. They continued to be extensive land owners in County Sligo up to the eighteenth century after which they became less prosperous but more numerous. In modern times the name is mostly found in its original territory.
The Soden coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Soden descendants.