The Ockendene surname is thought to be a habitational name derived from any of several place names, such as Oxenden in Kent
. These place names come from the Old English local
description of the "valley of the oxen."
Early Origins of the Ockendene family
The surname Ockendene was first found in 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
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ockendene research.Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1607, 1660, 1661, 1455, 1487, 1614, 1686, 1645, 1651, 1703, 1620 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Ockendene History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ockendene Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few 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)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Solomon Oxenden of Kent; Sir James Oxenden; and his son, Sir Henry Oxenden, 1st Baronet
(1614-1686), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Winchelsea (1645); and his... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ockendene Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.