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

The ancient history of the Ogden name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided near an oak valley, or came from the place called Ogden, in West Yorkshire. The surname Ogden derives from the Old English words ac and denu, which mean oak and valley, respectively. Other records show the surname Ogden originating in Somerset, but became prominent in Lancashire.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ogden include Ogden, Okden, Oakden, Ogdon, Odgen 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ogden research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ogden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ogden or a variant listed above:

Ogden Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Randall Ogden arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Randall Ogden, aged 19, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • John Ogden arrived in Connecticut in 1635
  • John Ogden, who landed in Connecticut in 1656
  • Jonathan Ogden, who arrived in Maryland in 1680


Ogden Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Usal Ogden, who landed in New Jersey in 1773

Ogden Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Ogden, who arrived in New York in 1803
  • Samuel Ogden, aged 43, landed in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Oliver W Ogden, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Joshua Ogden, who landed in New York, NY in 1840
  • Jas Ogden, aged 30, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1843


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  • David William Ogden (b. 1953), former Deputy Attorney General of the United States
  • William Augustine Ogden (1841-1897), American composer
  • Major Carlos C Ogden (1917-2001), United States Army officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Jonathan Phillip Ogden (b. 1974), American former college and professional football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2013)
  • Peter Skene Ogden (1790-1854), Canadian fur trader and explorer of British Columbia and the American West, eponym of Ogden, Utah
  • Aaron Ogden (1756-1839), American politician, 5th Governor of New Jersey (1812-1813)
  • William Butler Ogden (1805-1877), American politician 1st Mayor of Chicago (1837-1838)
  • John Mahlon Ogden (1897-1977), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1918 through 1932
  • Warren Harvey "Curly" Ogden (1901-1964), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1922 through 1926
  • Lieutenant-General David Ayres Depue Ogden (1897-1969), American Inspector-General of Army (1956-1957)

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  • A History of the Ogdin Family in America by John V. Kasler.
  • Ogden Brothers and Their Descendants by Chester Morse Willingham.
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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: Et si ostendo non jacto
Motto Translation: And if I show I do not boast.

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Ogden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ogden 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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