The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Oben is derived from the Old Norse personal name Asbjorn,
meaning divine bear.
Alternatively the name was Anglicized as Osbeorn and Osbern from the Old English word "be(o)rn" which meant "god warrior." Osbernus was presbyter in record (1097-1107), and Osbern was capellanus (chaplain) from 1107 to 1124. Osbernus was abbot of Jaddewurd, (c.
1150) and Osbern was capellanus of Glasgow, c. 1180. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early Origins of the Oben family
The surname Oben was first found in Kent
, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated as Lords of the manor of Hartlip. They were descended from Sarum in Normandy
, Osborne was expelled from Normandy
in 1054 by King William. He sought refuge at the Court of MacBeth in Scotland
, however he made his peace with William after the Conquest and was elected Bishop of Sarum and became one of only three people permitted to dine at the King's Table.
Early History of the Oben family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oben research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1180, 1398, 1399, 1513, 1648, 1730, 1656, 1596, 1667, 1639, 1649, 1685, 1639, 1649, 1671 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Oben History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oben Spelling Variations
The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations
found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic
prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan
affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Oben has also been spelled Osborne, Osborn, Osbourne, Osbourn, Osburn, Osburne, Osbern and many more.
Early Notables of the Oben family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oben family to Ireland
Some of the Oben family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 251 words (18 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 Oben family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Oben name or one of its variants:
Oben Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Peter Oben, who landed in South Carolina in 1755 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Oben Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Oben, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
- Eliza E. Oben, aged 18, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
- Sidney Oben, aged 5, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
- Phillip Oben, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
The Oben 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: Pax in bello
Motto Translation: Peace in war.