The present generation of the Okdent family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived near an oak valley, or came from the place called Ogden, in West Yorkshire
. The surname Okdent derives from the Old English words ac
which mean oak
respectively. Other records show the surname Okdent originating in Somerset
, but became prominent in Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Okdent family
The surname Okdent 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
in 1332. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
"This family name, so familiar to South Lancashire, sprang up in the neighbourhood of Crompton and [in the] parish of Rochdale." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list John de Okedon in Yorkshire.
Early History of the Okdent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Okdent research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Okdent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Okdent Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Okdent include Ogden, Okden, Oakden, Ogdon, Odgen and others.
Early Notables of the Okdent family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Okdent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Okdent family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Okdent were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: David Ogden settled in Delaware Bay in 1682; Randall Ogden arrived in Barbados in 1634; John Ogden arrived in Connecticut in 1635; Charles, David, Emmanual, Henry, James, John, Samuel, Robert and William Ogden all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
The Okdent 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.