The distinguished surname Oatson emerged among the industrious people of Flanders
, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish
and English nations, many Flemish
migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic
surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish
surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin,
which became very frequent in England
during the 14th century. The surname Oatson is derived from the Old French personal names Odes, Otes, Odon,
These are all derived from the Old German names Odo
which literally mean riches.
Occasionally, the name Oatson is a local
surname derived from the settlement of Ott in Belgium.
Early Origins of the Oatson family
The surname Oatson was 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.
Early History of the Oatson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oatson research.Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1177, 1213, 1275, 1275, 1649 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Oatson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oatson Spelling Variations
surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations
. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish
settlers in England
, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish
names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Oates, Oats, Otes, Otis, Oaten, Otten, Oadt, Otton, Oton and many more.
Early Notables of the Oatson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oatson family to Ireland
Some of the Oatson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 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 Oatson family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Oatson John Otis, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635; Greg Oates who settled in Virginia in 1637; George Oats, his wife Hannah and children, who settled in Barbados in 1679.