Oglethorp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Oglethorp family
The surname Oglethorp was first found in Yorkshire 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,  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 Oglethorpe, held by Nigel from the Count of Mortain, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Early History of the Oglethorp family
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Oglethorp Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Oglethorpe, Ogelthorp, Oglethorp, Ocklethorp, Oglestun, Oglestown, Ogylthorp, Ogelthrop, Oglethrupp, Oglestorp, Oglethropp, Ogelthrop, Ogelthropp, Oklethrop, Oklethropp, Okelthorp and many more.
Early Notables of the Oglethorp family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Owen Oglethorpe (d. 1559), English priest, born in Tadcaster, Yorkshire, who was Bishop of Carlisle (1557-1559); Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe (1650-1702), an English...
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Migration of the Oglethorp family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Oglethorpe, who came to Maryland in 1658; and General James Oglethorpe, who was on record in Georgia, GA from 1733.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)