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Where did the English Odon family come from? What is the English Odon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Odon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Odon family history?

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Odon surname lived in Oldham, in Lancashire. This was a town near the city of Manchester; it has since been absorbed by that city. The place-name Oldham is derived from the Old English elements old, which means old, and ham, which means farm. The place-name therefore translates as "the old farm." Alternatively, it would appear that the place-name also appeared as a personal name; the surname could be derived from this personal name, making it a patronymic name. However, the etymology of the name remains the same regardless of the actual process by which this surname arose.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Odon 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 Odon include: Oldham, Oldum, Oldan, Oldhams and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odon research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1486, 1480, 1505, 1486, 1480, 1452, 1519, 1653 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Odon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Odon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Odon or a variant listed above: John Oldham (c.1600-1636) who emigrated to Plymouth in 1623, was involved in establishing the unsuccessful settlement on Cape Ann (1626), and was murdered by the Pequot in an event leading to the Pequot War (1637). Thomas Oldham settled in New England in 1635.

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The Odon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Odon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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