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Where did the Scottish Orsborn family come from? What is the Scottish Orsborn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Orsborn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Orsborn family history?The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Orsborn is derived from the Old Norse personal name Asbjorn, meaning divine bear.
The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Orsborn has also been spelled Osborne, Osborn, Osbourne, Osbourn, Osburn, Osburne, Osbern and many more.
First found in Kent, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orsborn research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 105 and 1054 are included under the topic Early Orsborn History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Orsborn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Orsborn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first North American settlers with Orsborn name or one of its variants:
Orsborn Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
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: Pax in bello
Motto Translation: Peace in war.
The Orsborn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orsborn 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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