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

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Osgood came from the late Old English personal names Osgod and Osgot, which were derived from the Old Norse name Asgautr and the Old Danish and Old Swedish names Asgut and Asgut. The common forms of this name in Normandy were Ansgot and Angot.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Osgood has been recorded under many different variations, including Osgoode, Osgood, Hosgood, Hosgoode and others.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Osgood research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Osgood History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Osgood or a variant listed above:

Osgood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Osgood who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 along with Elizabeth
  • John and Mary Osgood settled in New England in 1630
  • Christopher Osgood, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1634
  • John Osgood, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Sarah Osgood, who landed in New England in 1638

Osgood Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Salem Osgood, who arrived in West New Jersey in 1706

Osgood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel, Emma, Edward, Rachael Osgood arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Alfred P Osgood, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • E W Osgood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Charles Osgood (b. 1933), American radio and television commentator
  • Frances Sargent Osgood (1811-1850), American poet
  • James R Osgood (1836-1892), American publisher
  • Samuel Osgood (1747-1813), American merchant and statesman
  • Wilfred Hudson Osgood, American zoologist
  • Charles Benjamin "Charlie" Osgood (1926-2014), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played one game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944
  • Peter Leslie Osgood (1947-2006), English footballer


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