Early Origins of the Ockham family
The surname Ockham was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Oakhampton, original called Ochenemitona, held by Baldwin the Sheriff of Devon
, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. There was a castle there which still remains with its Norman keep.
Early History of the Ockham family
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Ockham Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Oxenham, Ockenham, Oakhampton, Okhampton, Ockhampton, Ocksenham, Oksenham, Oxnam, Oxnum, Oxenum, Oxenam and many more.
Early Notables of the Ockham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ockham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Oxenham, who arrived in Maryland in 1725; Ann Oxenham, who settled in Charles Town, SC
in 1765; John Oxenham, who came to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766.