Oglethorpe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Oglethorpe family

The surname Oglethorpe 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, [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 Oglethorpe, held by Nigel from the Count of Mortain, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Oglethorpe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oglethorpe research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1407, 1273, 1379, 1603, 1609, 1559, 1557, 1559, 1650, 1702, 1681 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Oglethorpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oglethorpe 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 Oglethorpe 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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United States Oglethorpe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oglethorpe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Oglethorpe, who settled in Maryland in 1658
  • William Oglethorpe, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [2]
Oglethorpe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • General James Oglethorpe, who was on record in Georgia from 1733

Contemporary Notables of the name Oglethorpe (post 1700) +

  • Theophilus Oglethorpe (1684-1737), English Member of Parliament
  • Eleanor Oglethorpe (1662-1732), English employee of the royal household during the reigns of Charles II and James II
  • Lewis Oglethorpe (1681-1704), English Member of Parliament and soldier
  • Owen Oglethorpe (d. 1559), English academic and Bishop of Carlisle
  • James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785), British general, member of Parliament, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)


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