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Oddie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Oddie family name to the British Isles. Oddie comes from the popular Norman given name Odo.

Early Origins of the Oddie family

The surname Oddie was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Storkhouse, Gisburn, and Withernsea in that shire. They are conjecturally believed to be descended from Count Odo who was also ancestor of the Counts of Aumale and the Lords of Holderness.

Early History of the Oddie family

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Oddie Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Oddie, Oddey, Odey, Oddy, Hoddy, Hoddie, Odo and many more.

Early Notables of the Oddie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Oddie family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oddie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A. R. Oddie, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881

Contemporary Notables of the name Oddie (post 1700)

  • Bill Oddie, English comedic actor, and wildlife television producer
  • Judge Christopher Ripley Oddie,
  • Guy Barrie Oddie, Professor of Architecture, University of Edinburgh
  • Lily Oddie (b. 1937), former provincial politician in Ontario, Canada
  • Tasker Oddie (1870-1950), Governor of Nevada and United States Senator

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