Kent. These place names come from the Old English local description of the "valley of the oxen."
Early Origins of the Ockendene family
Kent where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1170 in Essex but Ailric Ockenden is thought to have been a branches of the old baronial family of Oxenden in Kent.
Early History of the Ockendene family
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Ockendene Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ockendene are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ockendene include: Oxenden, Ockenden, Okenden, Okendon, Oxendon, Oxenford, Wokenden, Ockendon and many more.
Early Notables of the Ockendene family (pre 1700)
Baronet (1614-1686), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Winchelsea (1645); and his...
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Migration of the Ockendene family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ockendene or a variant listed above: Nelson Ockenden, who was on record in Oregon in 1850; as well as William Ockenden, who came to California in 1884.
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