Ody History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ody reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Ody family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Ody is based on the popular Norman given name Odo.

Early Origins of the Ody family

The surname Ody was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Storkhouse, Gisburn, and Withernsea in that shire. They are conjecturally believed to be descended from Count Odo who was also ancestor of the Counts of Aumale and the Lords of Holderness.

Important Dates for the Ody family

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Ody Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Ody are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ody include Oddie, Oddey, Odey, Oddy, Hoddy, Hoddie, Odo and many more.

Early Notables of the Ody family (pre 1700)

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Ody migration to the United States

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ody, or a variant listed above:

Ody Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Ody, aged 16, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Barbara Ody, who arrived in Brazil in 1860 [1]
  • Philipp Ody, who arrived in Brazil in 1860 [1]
  • Johann Peter Ody, who arrived in Brazil in 1861 [1]
  • Katharina Ody, who landed in Brazil in 1861 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ody migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ody Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Ody, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
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