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Where did the Irish O'Dell family come from? What is the Irish O'Dell family crest and coat of arms? When did the O'Dell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'Dell family history?The O'Dell surname, has been found in Ireland since the 17th century. Before that, it was of English origins. Interestingly, in Ireland, the name has been altered to appear as if it had Irish Gaelic origins. It is also thought that some Irish Gaelic families adopted the O'Dell name during the seventeenth century. Extensive research into some of the most ancient documents has revealed the O'Dell surname to be of Anglo-Saxon origin, taken on as a surname from a place named Odell in Bedfordshire. The place name is in turn derived from the Old English words "wad," and "hyll," meaning "woad" (a plant collected for the blue dye produced by its leaves), and "hill."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Odell, O'Dell and others.
First found in Bedfordshire, where 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Dell research. Another 308 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Dell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early O'Dell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the O'Dell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 104 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
O'Dell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
O'Dell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
O'Dell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
O'Dell Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The O'Dell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Dell 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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