Oddey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Oddey is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Oddey is a name for a on a heath, or perhaps in Hoath, in Kent. The place-name and the surname are derived from the Old English word hoth (with a long o), which means heath. The surname means "dweller at the heath," while the place-name means "place at the heath." Hoath was recorded as La Hathe at some point in the 13th century.
Early Origins of the Oddey family
The surname Oddey was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Oddey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oddey research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1300 is included under the topic Early Oddey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oddey Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Oddey include Hoad, Hoath, O'Hode, Oade, Oades, Oadt, Odo and others.
Early Notables of the Oddey family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Oddey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oddey family to Ireland
Some of the Oddey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oddey family
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Oddeys to arrive on North American shores: John Hoadley who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1632; Nicholas Hoad, who settled in New England in 1680; as well as Martin Oadt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738..
Related Stories +
The Oddey 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: Veritas et patria
Motto Translation: Truth and faith.