Show ContentsOdiorne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Odiorne surname comes from an Old French feminine personal name, Odierne, or Hodierne.

Early Origins of the Odiorne family

The surname Odiorne was first found in Devon where Robert filius Odiern was on record in the Pipe Rolls in 1197.

Early History of the Odiorne family

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Odiorne 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 Odyearne, Odiorne and others.

United States Odiorne 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 Odiorne or a variant listed above:

Odiorne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Odiorne, who arrived in Portsmouth, NH in 1657 [1]
  • Phill Odiorne, who landed in Portsmouth, NH in 1657 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Odiorne (post 1700) +

  • Lillian F. Odiorne, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1924 [2]

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from on Facebook