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The ancestors of the name Ogdon date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near an oak valley, or came from the place called Ogden, in West Yorkshire
. The surname Ogdon derives from the Old English words ac
which mean oak
respectively. Other records show the surname Ogdon originating in Somerset
, but became prominent in Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Ogdon family
The surname Ogdon was first found in West Yorkshire
at Ogden, a small hamlet north of Halifax. Historically part of Lancashire
, this hamlet was where Elias de Akeden, de Aggeden was listed the Assize Rolls of that shire in 1246. Almost one hundred
years later, Richard de Okeden was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1332. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
"This family name, so familiar to South Lancashire, sprang up in the neighbourhood of Crompton and [in the] parish of Rochdale." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list John de Okedon in Yorkshire and the Assize Rolls of Lancashire of 1246-1247 list Elias de Akeden. Almost one hundred years later, the Lancashire Feet of Fines include Thomas Okeden as holding lands there in 1444. CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
Early History of the Ogdon family
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Ogdon Spelling Variations
Ogdon has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Ogdon have been found, including Ogden, Okden, Oakden, Ogdon, Odgen and others.
Early Notables of the Ogdon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ogdon family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ogdons to arrive on North American shores:
Ogdon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Oliver W Ogdon, who arrived in Texas in 1835 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Ogdon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Richard Ogdon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Ogdon (post 1700)
- Will Ogdon (b. 1921), American composer
- John Andrew Howard Ogdon (1937-1989), English pianist and composer
- John Ogdon Lant, English Osteophathc, appointed as Director of the Osteopathic Association of Great Britain in 1988
The Ogdon Motto
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.