The ancestry of the name Oddlay dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the parishes of East and West Hoathley in the county of Sussex.
Early Origins of the Oddlay family
The surname Oddlay was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Oddlay family
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Oddlay Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Oddlay have been found, including Hoadley, Hoadly, Hodly, Hoadely, Hodely and others.
Early Notables of the Oddlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oddlay family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Oddlay, or a variant listed above: John Hoadley, who sailed to New England
in 1640 and Mrs. Hoadley, to San Francisco with her children in 1860.
The Oddlay 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.