The name Horgegould originated with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the late Old English personal names Osgod
which were derived from the Old Norse name Asgautr
and the Old Danish and Old Swedish names Asgut
The common forms of this name in Normandy
Early Origins of the Horgegould family
The surname Horgegould was 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.
Early History of the Horgegould family
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Horgegould Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Horgegould has appeared include Osgoode, Osgood, Hosgood, Hosgoode and others.
Early Notables of the Horgegould family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horgegould family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Horgegould arrived in North America very early: Christopher Osgood who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630; along with Elizabeth; John and Mary Osgood settled in New England
in 1630; William, Sarah and four children settled in New England