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

The Ochterlonie family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who lived in Auchterlonie, near Forfar, in the county of Angus.

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Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Ochterlonie has been spelled Auchterlonie, Auchterlony, Ochterlonie, Ochterlony, Ouchterlony, Ochterlonee, Aughterlony, Aughterloney, Aughterlonie, Auchterlowney, Auchterlownie, Achterlonie, Achterlony, Oughterlonie and many more.

First found in Forfarshire part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, where they were anciently an old family of Angus seated on the lands of Auchterlonie near Forfar from about the year 1200. The first on record was John Auchterlonie who exchanged his lands for his son's lands of Kenny, later Kelly, in 1226.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ochterlonie research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 1296, 1388, 1410, 1430, 1457, 1514, 1518, 1643, 1648, 1661, 1663 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Ochterlonie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ochterlonie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Ochterlonie: John Auchterlony who settled in Maryland in 1740.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus mihi adjutor
Motto Translation: God is my helper.

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The Ochterlonie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ochterlonie 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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