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

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Oddie family name to the British Isles. Oddie comes from the popular Norman given name Odo.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Oddie, Oddey, Odey, Oddy, Hoddy, Hoddie, Odo and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Storkhouse, Gisburn, and Withernsea in that shire. They are conjecturally believed to be descended from Count Odo who was also ancestor of the Counts of Aumale and the Lords of Holderness.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oddie research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oddie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Oddie or a variant listed above: Francis Oddy who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1726; M. Oddy, who settled in New York State in 1823; George Oddy, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856.

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  • Bill Oddie, English comedic actor, and wildlife television producer
  • Tasker Oddie (1870-1950), Governor of Nevada and United States Senator
  • Lily Oddie (b. 1937), former provincial politician in Ontario, Canada
  • Guy Barrie Oddie, Professor of Architecture, University of Edinburgh
  • Judge Christopher Ripley Oddie,


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