The origins of the Odlum surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Odlum began when someone in that family worked as a soldier. The surname Odlum literally means noble protector.
The name was derived from the Old English adel helm
which literally means "eagle shield."
Early Origins of the Odlum family
The surname Odlum was first found in the county of Somerset
in south western England
where, it is said the family had been settled centuries before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Odlum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odlum research.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1677, 1750 and 1823 are included under the topic Early Odlum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Odlum Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Odlum has appeared include Headlam, Adhelm, Eadhelm, Adelhelm, Addlam, Adlum, Adlam and many more.
Early Notables of the Odlum family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Captain W. Adlam, who fought with the "Roundheads" (Parliamentarians) during the English Civil War of the 17th century; Captain S. Adlam, who fought in... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Odlum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Odlum family to Ireland
Some of the Odlum family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Odlum family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Odlum Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Michael Odlum, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
- Ann Odlum, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
- Mary Odlum, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
Contemporary Notables of the name Odlum (post 1700)
- Jacqueline Cochran Odlum (1906-1980), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 29th District, 1956; Elected to Aviation Hall of Fame, 1971 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Major-General Victor Wentworth Odlum (1880-1971), Canadian diplomat, High Commissioner to Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Victor Odlum. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Odlum/Victor_Wentworth/Canada.html