Oddy is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Oddy comes from the popular Norman given name Odo
Early Origins of the Oddy family
The surname Oddy 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 Oddy family
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Oddy Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Oddie, Oddey, Odey, Oddy, Hoddy, Hoddie, Odo and many more.
Early Notables of the Oddy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oddy family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Oddy or a variant listed above:
Oddy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Francis Oddy who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1726
Oddy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M. Oddy, who settled in New York State in 1823
- George Oddy, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856
- James Oddy, who settled in Philadelphia in 1866
Oddy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Oddy, aged 7, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
- Emma Oddy, aged 14, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
- Frederick Oddy, aged 1, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
- Margaret Oddy, aged 43, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
- Margaret Oddy, aged 12, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"