Early Origins of the Ocklesaw family
The surname Ocklesaw was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
in Ockilshaw, near Wigan in that shire. 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 1401 when John Okylschagh held estates outside Wigan. The name is frequently confused with the name Occleston, in the parish of Middlewich in Cheshire
but so far is know there is no connection between the two names.
Early History of the Ocklesaw family
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Ocklesaw Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Ocklesaw include Ockleshaw, Ockilshaw, Occilshaw, Occelshaw, Occleshaw, Ockleshaw, Ogleshaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Ocklesaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ocklesaw family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Ocklesaw were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Mary Ockleford, a bonded passenger, who came to Maryland in 1760.