The saga of the Okelive family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts
. They 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,
Early Origins of the Okelive family
The surname Okelive 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
Early History of the Okelive family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Okelive 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 Okelive History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Okelive Spelling Variations
Although Medieval Scotland
lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations
of Scottish single names. Okelive has been written Ogilvie, Ogilvy, Oguilvie, Ogilby, Ogleby and many more.
Early Notables of the Okelive family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Saint John Ogilvie (1579-1615), a Jesuit priest, and a cadet of Ogilvy of Findlater, who was arrested and hanged at Glasgow Cross for his defense of the spiritual supremacy of the papacy. He was beatified in 1927 and canonized in 1976. Also of... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Okelive Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Okelive family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland
, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan
societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Okelive: John Oglesby, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, children and servants; John Ogilby, who settled in Barbados in 1678, with his wife and children.
The Okelive 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: A fin
Motto Translation: To the end.