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Where did the English Odden family come from? What is the English Odden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Odden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Odden family history?Odden is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Odden family once 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.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Odden family name 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odden 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 Odden History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Odden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Odden surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.
The Odden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Odden 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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