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Where did the English Oaten family come from? What is the English Oaten family crest and coat of arms? When did the Oaten family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Oaten family history?

The name of the Oaten family is derived from the Old French personal names Odes, Otes, Odon, and Otton. These are all derived from the Old German names "Odo" and "Otto," which literally mean "riches." Occasionally, the name Oaten is a local surname derived from the settlement of Ott in Belgium.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Oates, Oats, Otes, Otis, Oaten, Otten, Oadt, Otton, Oton and many more.

First found in Cornwall 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oaten research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1649 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Oaten History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oaten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Oaten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 196 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oaten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Abram Oaten, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

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The Oaten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oaten Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 6 July 2006 at 10:05.

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