Ogden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Ogden name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided near an oak valley, or came from the place called Ogden, in West Yorkshire. The surname Ogden derives from the Old English words ac and denu, which mean oak and valley, respectively. Other records show the surname Ogden originating in Somerset, but became prominent in Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Ogden family

The surname Ogden was first found in West Yorkshire at Ogden, a small hamlet north of Halifax. Historically part of Lancashire, this hamlet was where Elias de Akeden, de Aggeden was listed the Assize Rolls of that shire in 1246. Almost one hundred years later, Richard de Okeden was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332. [1]

"This family name, so familiar to South Lancashire, sprang up in the neighbourhood of Crompton and [in the] parish of Rochdale." [2] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list John de Okedon in Yorkshire and the Assize Rolls of Lancashire of 1246-1247 list Elias de Akeden. Almost one hundred years later, the Lancashire Feet of Fines include Thomas Okeden as holding lands there in 1444. [3]

Early History of the Ogden family

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Ogden Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ogden include Ogden, Okden, Oakden, Ogdon, Odgen and others.

Early Notables of the Ogden family (pre 1700)

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Ogden Ranking

In the United States, the name Ogden is the 1,892nd most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [4]


United States Ogden migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ogden or a variant listed above:

Ogden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Ogden, who arrived in Connecticut in 1641
  • John Ogden, who landed in Connecticut in 1656 [5]
  • Jonathan Ogden, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [5]
  • David Ogden, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682 [5]
  • David Ogden, who settled in Delaware Bay in 1682
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ogden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Usal Ogden, who landed in New Jersey in 1773 [5]
Ogden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Ogden, who arrived in New York in 1803 [5]
  • Samuel Ogden, aged 43, who landed in Rhode Island in 1812 [5]
  • Oliver W Ogden, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [5]
  • Joshua Ogden, who landed in New York, NY in 1840 [5]
  • James Ogden, aged 30, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1843 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ogden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ogden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Ogden U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 27 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [6]
  • Mrs. Deborah Ogden U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 78 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [6]
  • Miss Steph Ogden D. U.E. (b. 1778), aged 5 who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 15 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [6]
  • Master John Ogden S. U.E. (b. 1775), aged 8 who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 14 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [6]
  • Mr. Jonathan Ogden U.E. (b. 1748) who settled in Greenwich, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1845 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ogden Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • H Ogden, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Ogden migration to Australia +

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

Ogden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Ogden, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • James Ogden, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Mr. William Ogden, British convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. John Ogden, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • Mr. William James Ogden, English convict who was convicted in Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Clarke" on 3rd June 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Ogden migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ogden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Amos Ogden, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th October 1863 [12]
  • Mr. Richard Ogden, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th October 1863 [12]
  • Ann J. Ogden, aged 49, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875

West Indies Ogden migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [13]
  • Mr. Randall Ogden, (b. 1534), aged 100, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [5]
Ogden Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Randall Ogden, who arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Randall Ogden, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ogden (post 1700) +

  • Val Ogden (1924-2014), American politician, management consultant, and educator, Member of the Washington House of Representatives (1991-2003)
  • Lieutenant-General David Ayres Depue Ogden (1897-1969), American Inspector-General of Army (1956-1957) [14]
  • Warren Harvey "Curly" Ogden (1901-1964), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1922 through 1926
  • John Mahlon Ogden (1897-1977), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1918 through 1932
  • William Butler Ogden (1805-1877), American politician 1st Mayor of Chicago (1837-1838)
  • Aaron Ogden (1756-1839), American politician, 5th Governor of New Jersey (1812-1813)
  • Peter Skene Ogden (1790-1854), Canadian fur trader and explorer of British Columbia and the American West, eponym of Ogden, Utah
  • Jonathan Phillip Ogden (b. 1974), American former college and professional football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2013)
  • William Augustine Ogden (1841-1897), American composer
  • David William Ogden (b. 1953), former Deputy Attorney General of the United States
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Robert Ogden (b. 1911), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Haydock, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Gordon Raymond Ogden (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]


The Ogden Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Et si ostendo non jacto
Motto Translation: And if I show I do not boast.


Suggested Readings for the name Ogden +

  • A History of the Ogdin Family in America by John V. Kasler.
  • Ogden Brothers and Their Descendants by Chester Morse Willingham.

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-cornwallis
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-clarke
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) David Ogden. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Ogden/David_Ayres_Depue/USA.html
  15. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  16. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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