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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Osborne is derived from the Old Norse personal name Asbjorn, meaning divine bear.


Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. 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 Osborne 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 Osborne research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1054, 1667, 1639, 1649, 1685, 1639, 1649, 1671 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Osborne History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Osborne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Osborne, or a variant listed above:

Osborne Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Osborne, who settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Thomas Osborne settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Ralph Osborne, who arrived in Virginia in 1619
  • Raph Osborne, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Jenkin Osborne, who settled in Virginia in 1623

Osborne Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Osborne, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Peter Osborne, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1711-1712
  • Nathaniel Osborne, who landed in South Carolina in 1712
  • Alice Osborne, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Edward Osborne, who arrived in Virginia in 1717

Osborne Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Osborne, aged 24, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Samuel Osborne, aged 51, arrived in Virginia in 1812
  • Mary Jane Osborne, aged 13, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873
  • Matilda Osborne, aged 38, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873
  • Hugh Osborne, aged 15, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873

Osborne Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • George W Osborne, who landed in Colorado in 1901


  • Adam Osborne (1939-2003), American author, book and software publisher, and computer designer
  • Barry M. Osborne (b. 1944), American movie producer, executive producer, production manager and director
  • Robert Jolin Osborne (b. 1932), American actor and film historian
  • Lieutenant Weedon Edward Osborne (1892-1918), United States Navy officer and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War I
  • Marie "Baby Marie" Osborne (1911-2010), born Helen Alice Myers, the first major child star of American silent films
  • Sir Danvers Osborne (1715-1753), 3rd Baronet, English-born, American Colonial Governor of New York province (1753)
  • F. Edward Osborne (1925-2014), American politician and businessman, Member of the Idaho House of Representatives in 1989
  • John James Osborne (1929-1994), English actor and playwright
  • Charles Osborne (b. 1927), Australian journalist and writer
  • Private James Osborne VC (1857-1928), English recipient of the Victoria Cross



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.


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