This interesting surname of English origin with variant spellings Nodyn, Noaden, Noadin, etc., is a diminutive of Node, a topographical name for someone who lived at a mound, resulting from a misdivision of the Middle English "attenoade" meaning "at the heap", from "atten", "at the" plus the Middle English "oade", Olde English pre 7th Century "oet, ade" from "ad" "heap". The Olde English "ad" may refer to an ancient burial mound, a grassed-over refuse heap, a natural mound, or a high spot used as a site for a beacon. It may also be a dialectal variant of the French personal name "Nadine" meaning "hope". The surname dates back to the late 16th Century (see below). Church records include George Nodyn who married Dorothye Howell on June 11th 1609 in the Church of St. John, Hackney, London, and Thomas Nodin who married Sarah Muskitt on October 23rd 1716 in the Church of St. Dunstan, Stepney, London. One Hugh Noden, a Merchant Taylor of London, was granted five shares of land in the Summer Islands (Bermuda) on December 5th 1606. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Noaden (christening) which was dated 1597, in the "Church of St. Margaret Pattens, London", during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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