Ockill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Ockill family
The surname Ockill was first found in Northumberland where the earliest record of the name was of Humphrey de Hoggell who was granted a deed by William the Conqueror to enjoy "all the liberties and royalties of his manor of Ogle in an ample as a manner as any of his ancestors enjoyed the same before the time of the Norman invasion." 
The same source adds to this claim, " the manor formed part of the possessions, and was the residence, of the Ogle family, who were seated here before the Conquest, and with whom it continued till the time of Elizabeth. " 
The township of Shilvington in Northumberland was home to another branch of the family. "It was anciently a manor in the Merlay barony, and was the property of the knightly families of Gubium and Ogle, the connexion of the latter of whom with the place was revived in 1830, the Rev. J. Savile Ogle then purchasing the estate." 
As far as the meaning of the place names and surname, it is unclear. One source postulates that the name arose from Hoggel, possibly "hill of a man called Ocga," as an Old English personal name + "hyll." 
"The family (from whom springs the existing baronet), rose to eminence in the twelfth century, and derived their surname from the lordship of Oggil, co. Northumberland; but Ogle appears also to be an Anglo-Saxon or Danish personal name, as it occurs, in composition with topographical expressions." 
Sir Robert de Ogle (d. 1362), was an early soldier, "head of a Northumberland family long settled at Ogle in the parish of Whalton, eight miles south-west of Morpeth. The family rose to importance in consequence of the border warfare with Scotland. When David Bruce penetrated as far as Newcastle in August 1341, Ogle distinguished himself by effecting the capture of five Scottish knights, and in the same year Edward III gave him Permission to castellate his manorhouse at Ogle, together with the privilege of free warren on his demesne lands. Some remains of Ogle Castle, which was surrounded by two moats, are still to be seen." 
Early rolls include: Robert de Ogle in the Pipe Rolls for Northumberland in 1181; Agnes and Gilbert Dogel in the Curia Regis Rolls for Northumberland in 1221; and Robert Ogill in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Further to the north in Scotland, the name is also "from the place named Ogle in Northumberland. Robert de Ogle before his death in 1362 held half the barony of the Hospital in Northumberland. Henry de Ogle witnessed a charter of lands in Fife, 1395, and Patrick Ogyll witnessed a papal dispensation by the bishop of Dunblane in 1422. Alexander de Ogil de Popil was one of an assize on the lands of Gladmor, 1430, and Patrick Ogyl (Ogyll or Ogill) held a tenement in Haddington in 1458 and was witness there in same year." 
Early History of the Ockill family
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Ockill Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hoggel, Ogle, Ogill, Ogell and others.
Early Notables of the Ockill family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Ogle, 1st Baron Ogle (1406-1469); Owen (Ewyn) Ogle, 2nd Baron Ogle (1440-1486); Ralph Ogle, 3rd Baron Ogle (1468-1513); Robert Ogle, 4th Baron Ogle (1490-1530); Robert Ogle, 5th Baron Ogle (1513-1545); Robert Ogle, 6th Baron Ogle (1529-1562); Cuthbert Ogle, 7th Baron Ogle (c.1540-1597); Catherine Ogle, 8th Baroness Ogle (c. 1568-1629); and Chalonor Ogle (1681-1750), British naval officer who defeated the pirate Bartholomew Roberts and later became Admiral of the Fleet.
Sir Charles Ogle (1681?-1750), was Admiral of the Fleet, born about 1681, and was brother of Nathaniel Ogle, physician to the forces...
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Migration of the Ockill family to Ireland
Some of the Ockill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ockill family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Benjamin and Eleanor Ogle settled in Virginia in 1774; Catherine and John Ogle settled in Providence in 1679; Gregory Ogell settled in Barbados in 1635..
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The Ockill 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: Prenez en gré
Motto Translation: Take in good will.
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