Origins Available: English-Alt
name Oakden comes from when the family resided near an oak valley, or came from the place called Ogden, in West Yorkshire
. The surname Oakden derives from the Old English words ac
which mean oak
respectively. Other records show the surname Oakden originating in Somerset
, but became prominent in Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Oakden family
The surname Oakden 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.
Early History of the Oakden family
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Oakden Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Oakden include Ogden, Okden, Oakden, Ogdon, Odgen and others.
Early Notables of the Oakden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oakden family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Oakden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Philip Oakden, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Oakden (post 1700)
- John Jackson Oakden (1818-1884), English explorer of South Australia, eponym of Oakden Hills, South Australia
- Robert Patrick Oakden (1938-2011), English cricketer
- Andrew Oakden (b. 1993), English rugby league footballer
- Edward Anthony Oakden CMG, British diplomat, British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2006-2010), British Ambassador to Jordan in 2015
The Oakden 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.