The Ogburn surname is a habitational name, taken on from either of two villages in Wiltshire
called Ogbourne. These place names come from the Old English personal name
"Oc(c)a," with the Old English word "burna," meaning a "stream" or "creek."
Early Origins of the Ogburn family
The surname Ogburn was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Ogbourn, held by Miles Crispin, a relative of Duke William, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Ogburn family
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Ogburn Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ogburn, Ogbourn, Ogeburn, Ogbourne, Okeburn, Okebourn, Ockburn, Ockbourn, Occburn, Ogborn, Oggborn, Ogborne, Oggborne, Oxburn, Oxbourne and many more.
Early Notables of the Ogburn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ogburn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ogburn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. James Ogburn U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Ogburn (post 1700)
- Charlton Ogburn (1911-1998), American author
- William Fielding Ogburn, American sociologist
- John Armstrong Ogburn (1925-2010), Australian painter