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Early Origins of the Oden family

The surname Oden 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 Oden family

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Oden Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Oddie, Oddey, Odey, Oddy, Hoddy, Hoddie, Odo and many more.

Early Notables of the Oden family

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Oden Ranking

In the United States, the name Oden is the 3,778th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 1

United States Oden migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Oden or a variant listed above:

Oden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Oden, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 2
Oden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W Oden, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 2
  • Angel Cawley Oden, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1896
Oden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Brin Oden, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1900
  • Axel H. Oden, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Daniel Felix Oden, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Coleman Oden, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Oden (post 1700) +

  • Henry Oden (b. 1947), American blues musician
  • Anthony Earl Oden (b. 1973), American football coach and former player
  • Lon Oden (1863-1910), American layman, legendary Texas Ranger of the Old West
  • Robert Allen Oden Jr. (1946-1995), American academic, President of Kenyon College from 1995-2002
  • Gloria Catherine Oden (b. 1923), American poet, editor and retired professor of English
  • Scott Oden (b. 1967), American historical novelist
  • Thomas Clark Oden (b. 1931), American United Methodist theologian and religious author
  • Beverly Oden (1971-1996), American volleyball player at the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • James Burke "St. Louis Jimmy" Oden (1903-1977), American blues vocalist and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee
  • Gregory Wayne "Greg" Oden Jr. (b. 1988), American NBA basketball player
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  • Heinrich Oden (d. 1941), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 3

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook