Odier is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the baptismal name for the son of Edgar.
Baptismal names are a form of patronymic
surnames, which come from the vernacular
naming traditions. In this case, the bearer of the surname Odier took his name from his father's given name, Edgar.
Early Origins of the Odier family
The surname Odier was first found in Berwickshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Odier family
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Odier 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 Odier have been found, including Edgar, Edgair, Eger, Eager, Edzer and others.
Early Notables of the Odier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Odier family to Ireland
Some of the Odier family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Odier 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. Among the first immigrants of the name Odier, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Charles Edgar settled in Virginia in 1642; Mary Edgar settled in Virginia in 1652; John Edgar settled in Maryland in 1666; John, Alexander, Robert, Samuel, Thomas Edgar all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
Contemporary Notables of the name Odier (post 1700)
- Daniel Robert Odier (b. 1945), also known by his pseudonym Delacorta, a Swiss author and screenwriter
- Lombard Odier, Swiss banker and founder of Bank Lombard Odier & Co in 1796, now one of the largest private banks in Switzerland and Europe
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