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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, it would appear that the place-name also appeared as a personal name; the surname could be derived from this personal name, making it a patronymic name. However, the etymology of the name remains the same regardless of the actual process by which this surname arose.


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 where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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


  • Antwan Odom (b. 1981), American football player
  • Blue Moon Odom (b. 1945), American baseball player
  • Cliff Odom (b. 1958), American baseball player
  • Dave Odom (b. 1942), American basketball coach
  • John C. Odom (1982-2008), American baseball player
  • Lamar Odom (b. 1979), American basketball player
  • Vernon Odom (b. 1948), American journalist
  • General William Odom (1932-2008), former director of the U.S. National Security Agency
  • Bob Odom (b. 1935), former Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 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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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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