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

The Ogburn surname is a habitational name, taken on from either of two villages in Wiltshire called Ogbourne. These place names come from the Old English personal name "Oc(c)a," with the Old English word "burna," meaning a "stream" or "creek."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ogburn, Ogbourn, Ogeburn, Ogbourne, Okeburn, Okebourn, Ockburn, Ockbourn, Occburn, Ogborn, Oggborn, Ogborne, Oggborne, Oxburn, Oxbourne and many more.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Ogbourn, held by Miles Crispin, a relative of Duke William, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ogburn research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Ogburn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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  • William Fielding Ogburn, American sociologist
  • Charlton Ogburn (1911-1998), American author
  • John Armstrong Ogburn (1925-2010), Australian painter


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

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  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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