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

The name Odom has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Oldham, in Lancashire. This was a town near the city of Manchester; it has since been absorbed by that city. The place-name Oldham is derived from the Old English elements old, which means old, and ham, which means farm. The place-name therefore translates as "the old farm." Alternatively, Oldham could have meant "dweller by the long-cultivate river flat." [1]


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 Odom have been found, including Oldham, Oldum, Oldan, Oldhams and others.

First found in Lancashire at Oldham, an enfranchised borough, a parochial chapelry, and the head of a union, in the parish of Prestwich, hundred of Salford. Now part of Greater Manchester, the first record of the placename was found in 1226-1228 when it was listed as Aldholm. [2] "Oldham was for a long period celebrated for the manufacture of hats, which was established so early as the fifteenth century." [3] However, the first record of the name was not found in Lancashire but as Achard de Aldeham in the Feet of Fines for Kent. Richard de Oldham was listed in Lancashire in 1384. [1] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Agnes de Oldom and Robertus de Oldom. [4]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odom research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1486, 1480, 1505, 1486, 1480, 1452, 1519, 1653 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Odom History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Odom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Odom, or a variant listed above:

Odom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Odom, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Odom Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Aida Odom, aged 21, who landed in America from Paris, in 1903
  • Sandy Odom, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Thomas D Odom, aged 28, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • Frank Odom, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Gardner Odom, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920


  • Cliff Odom (b. 1958), American baseball player
  • Blue Moon Odom (b. 1945), American baseball player
  • Antwan Odom (b. 1981), American football player
  • General William Odom (1932-2008), former director of the U.S. National Security Agency
  • Vernon Odom (b. 1948), American journalist
  • Lamar Odom (b. 1979), American basketball player
  • John C. Odom (1982-2008), American baseball player
  • Dave Odom (b. 1942), American basketball coach
  • Christopher C. Odom (b. 1970), movie director
  • Carmen Hooker Odom, former secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services



  • My Mother Nancy and Her Oldhams by Jessye Ann High.
  • A Genealogy of the Little-Odom Family of Georgia and North Carolina by Lawrence L. Little.

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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Odom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Odom 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.

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