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The name Oldbury has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived as inhabitants in a wooded region.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Oldbury have been found, including Holtby, Holteby and others.

First found in Yorkshire at Holtby, a village and civil parish near York. The place dates back to at least the Domesday Book [1] where it was listed as Holtebi or Boltebi and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Holti" derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name + by. [2] Ainderby Mires with Holtby is a civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire and this civil parish also dates back to the Domesday Book [1] where it was listed as Eltebi or Heltebi.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldbury research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1303, 1553 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Oldbury History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oldbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oldbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Oldbury arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884
  • Sarah Oldbury arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884
  • Harriet Oldbury arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Oldbury Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oldbury 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.

This page was last modified on 9 April 2013 at 11:53.

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