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Origins Available: Scottish-Alt, Scottish

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

The Ogilvy surname is a habitational name from a place near Glamis, in county of Angus (present day region of Tayside), which is first recorded c.1205 in the form Ogilvin. The root of the place name is thought to be from the Welsh "uchel," meaning "high."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ogilvie, Ogilvy, Oguilvie, Ogilby, Ogleby and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where Gilbert, son of Gillebride, 1st Earl of Angus, obtained a charter of the lands of Purin, Ogguluin and Kynmethan, in Angus between 1172 and 1177. Gilbert is also on record as a witness of a grant of the church of Monyfode to the Abbey of Arbroath by his brother, Gilchrist, 3rd Earl of Angys between 1201-04. There is also early record of an Alexander de Oggoluin, who had a Charter of the lands of Belauht around 1232. Patrick Oggelville or Eggilvyn (of county Forfar) swore an oath of allegiance to King Edward the 1st of England in 1296.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ogilvy research. Another 500 words(36 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1425, 1430, 1491, 1579, 1615, 1639, 1645, 1651, 1652, 1679, 1701, 1707, 1715, 1745, 1778, and 1826 are included under the topic Early Ogilvy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ogilvy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ogilvy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Ogilvy, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

Ogilvy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Ogilvy, who came to St. Kitts in 1716
  • George Ogilvy, who arrived in Maryland in 1756
  • Alexander Ogilvy, who landed in America in 1790

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  • Lyman Ogilvy, American Bishop
  • Princess Alexandra Ogilvy (b. 1936), member of the British Royal Family, 33rd in the line of succession to the British throne
  • David George Patrick Coke Ogilvy (b. 1926), 13th Earl of Airlie, Lord Chamberlain of Britain (1984-1997)
  • David MacKenzie Ogilvy (1911-1999), Scottish (English born) advertising executive, known as "The Father of Advertising"
  • Sir Angus James Bruce Ogilvy (1928-2004), British businessman, best known as the husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Bernard James "Bernie" Ogilvy, New Zealand educator and politician
  • David Ogilvy (1785-1849), 9th Earl of Airlie, Scottish representative peer, Lord Lieutenant of Angus (1826-1849)
  • David Ogilvy (1826-1881), 10th Earl of Airlie, Scottish representative peer
  • David Ogilvy (1856-1900), 11th Earl of Airlie, Scottish soldier and representative peer
  • David Ogilvy (1893-1968), 12th Earl of Airlie, Scottish peer, Lord Chamberlain of Britain (1937-1965) and (1936-1967)


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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: Tout jour
Motto Translation: To the end

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Ogilvy Clan Badge
Ogilvy Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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