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Where did the English Odin family come from? What is the English Odin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Odin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Odin family history?

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Oddie, Oddey, Odey, Oddy, Hoddy, Hoddie, Odo and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odin research. Another 134 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Odin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Odin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Odin or a variant listed above:

Odin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Odin settled in New Orleans, La. in 1822
  • F. F. Odin settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

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The Odin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Odin 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.

This page was last modified on 15 March 2011 at 09:52.

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