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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."

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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, [1] 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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ogburn research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Ogburn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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  • Charlton Ogburn (1911-1998), American author
  • William Fielding Ogburn, American sociologist
  • John Armstrong Ogburn (1925-2010), Australian painter


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Ogburn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ogburn 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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