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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Odea originally appeared in Gaelic as O Deaghaidh or O Diaghaidh.

Odea Early Origins



The surname Odea was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where O'Dea was chief of Dysart-O'Dea, now the parish of Dysart, barony of Inchiquin, one of the original chiefs and clans of ancient Thomond. Today Dysert O'Dea Castle still stands near Corofin, County Clare with its Romanesque Doorway and High Cross and was the site of the Battle of Dysert O'Dea in 1318. It was here that the Irish chieftain Conor O'Dea, chief of the Cineal Fearmaic and ally of Murtough O'Brien, stood his ground only to be defeated by the invading forces from Scotland.

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Odea Spelling Variations


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Odea Spelling Variations



The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Day, Dea, O'Dea and others.

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Odea Early History


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Odea Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odea research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1318 and 1434 are included under the topic Early Odea History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Odea Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Odea Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Most Rev. Thomas O'Dea; and Cornelius O'Dea (d. 1434), Archdeacon of Killaloe and later Bishop of Limerick. Three items of his have survived over the centuries: his Mitre, Crozier and a manuscript now entitled "The Black Book of Limerick." Today, they are...

Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Odea Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Odea Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel O'Dea, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • John O'Dea, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Mary O'Dea, aged 38, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • John O'Dea, aged 14, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • Michael O'Dea, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Odea Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edmond O'Dea, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Odea (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Odea (post 1700)



  • John O'Dea (1839-1905), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863
  • Edward John O'Dea (1856-1932), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Seattle (1896-1932)
  • Kevin O'Dea (b. 1960), American NFL football coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Paul O'Dea (1920-1978), American Major League Baseball player, manager and scout
  • Patrick John "Kangaroo Kicker" O'Dea (1872-1962), Australian rules and American football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1962
  • James Kenneth "Ken" O'Dea (1913-1985), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1935 to 1946, one of the best defensive catchers in Major League Baseball
  • Judith O'Dea (b. 1945), American actress, best known for her role as Barbra in the Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Marcus O'Dea (1897-1961), American physicist
  • Patrick John O'Dea (1872-1962), American college football coach at Missouri and Notre Dame
  • Mick O'Dea (b. 1958), Irish portrait and landscape artist
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    2. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Odea Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Odea Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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