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The story of the Oglesby family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Oglesby family lived in the county of Angus near Glamis. Although Bishop Leslie, a noted historian during the time of Mary Queen of Scots, lists the Ogilvies as being derived from the Border Country in the vicinity of Kelso, serious question must be made of the authenticity of the statement. It seems more plausible to deduce this Clan to be of original Pictish stock, descended from Dubhucan, Earl of Angus (1115 AD), of the Mormaers of Angus. The root of the name is thought to be from the Welsh uchel, meaning "high."


The surname Oglesby was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where Gilbert, son of Gillebride, 1st Earl of Angus, obtained a charter of the lands of Purin, Ogguluin and Kynmethan, in Angus between 1172 and 1177. Gilbert is also on record as a witness of a grant of the church of Monyfode to the Abbey of Arbroath by his brother, Gilchrist, 3rd Earl of Angys between 1201-04. There is also early record of an Alexander de Oggoluin, who had a Charter of the lands of Belauht around 1232. Patrick Oggelville or Eggilvyn (of county Forfar) swore an oath of allegiance to King Edward the 1st of England in 1296.

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Oglesby has appeared Ogilvie, Ogilvy, Oguilvie, Ogilby, Ogleby and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oglesby research. Another 889 words (64 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1425, 1430, 1491, 1639, 1645, 1639, 1745, 1715, 1778, 1826, 1701, 1707, 1579, 1615, 1927, 1976, 1600, 1676, 1679, 1651 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Oglesby History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 193 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oglesby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Oglesby name:

Oglesby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Oglesby, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, children and servants

Oglesby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Oglesby, who landed in Virginia in 1712
  • Webb Oglesby, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Oglesby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Oglesby, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1896
  • John Oglesby, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Wilhelmina Oglesby, aged 0, who settled in America, in 1896

Oglesby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sarah Ann Oglesby, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States from Cleethorpes, in 1905
  • Robert Oglesby, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1908
  • N.P. Oglesby, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Richard Oglesby, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1910
  • William R. Oglesby, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911


  • John Gillett Oglesby (1873-1938), American politician, 29th and 31st Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (1909 to 1913) and (1917 to 1921)
  • Alfred Lee Oglesby (1967-2009), professional American football defensive end
  • James Dorn Oglesby (1905-1955), American Major League Baseball infielder
  • Evan Shawntell Oglesby (b. 1981), American football cornerback
  • Terrence Rønnestad Oglesby (b. 1988), American-Norwegian professional basketball player
  • Randy Oglesby, American actor, best known for his recurring role as Degra on Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Carl Oglesby (1935-2011), American writer, academic, and political activist
  • Richard James Oglesby (1824-1899), American statesman and U.S. Army officer, 14th Governor of Illinois (1865-1869)
  • Frank Oglesby, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008
  • Floyd Oglesby, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 48th District, 1978



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: A fin
Motto Translation: To the end.


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The Oglesby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oglesby 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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