Origins Available: German
The noble Viking settlers who came to the rocky shores of Scotland
in the Middle Ages brought with them the ancestors of the Oswalt family. They lived in Caithness
. This ancient family claim descent from the Norse Asbaldr,
but sometimes records show that the name may have been derived from the personal name Oswald
which is made up of the Old English elements os
meaning "god," and weald
or "rule." Saint Oswald was a king of Northumbria who introduced Christianity to northeast England
in the 7th century before being killed in battle.
Early Origins of the Oswalt family
The surname Oswalt was first found in Caithness
(Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland
, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Oswalt family
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Oswalt Spelling Variations
Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations
of the name Oswalt include Oswald, Oswalde, Oswold, Oswolde, Oswell and others.
Early Notables of the Oswalt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oswalt family to Ireland
Some of the Oswalt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oswalt family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Oswalt or a variant listed above, including:
Oswalt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Joseph Oswalt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Oswalt (post 1700)
- J. B. Oswalt, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 30th District, 2010 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Colonel Richard Oswalt Covey (b. 1946), United States Air Force officer, former NASA Astronaut with over 646 hours in space CITATION[CLOSE]
NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Richard Covey. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/covey-ro.html
The Oswalt 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: Forti favet coelum
Motto Translation: Heaven favours the brave