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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."

Odlum Early Origins



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.

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Odlum Spelling Variations


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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.

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Odlum Early History


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Odlum Early History



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.

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Odlum Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Odlum Early Notables (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.

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Odlum In Ireland


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Odlum In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Odlum Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Odlum, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
  • Ann Odlum, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
  • Mary Odlum, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Odlum (post 1700)


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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
  • Major-General Victor Wentworth Odlum (1880-1971), Canadian Canadian High Commissioner to Australia

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Citations



    Other References

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    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Odlum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Odlum 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 3 November 2015 at 10:49.

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