The rich and ancient history of the Horsegode family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes 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 Horsegode family
The surname Horsegode 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 Horsegode family
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Horsegode Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Horsegode have been found, including Osgoode, Osgood, Hosgood, Hosgoode and others.
Early Notables of the Horsegode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horsegode family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Horsegode, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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