Oman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Oman family

The surname Oman was first found in Suffolk 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 lands at Bury when Ormundi, son of Leuric was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. They are believed to be of Omanville in Normandy.

Early History of the Oman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oman research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1080, 1296, 1552, and 1675 are included under the topic Early Oman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ormandy, Ormundy, Ormundie, Oman, Omand, Omond, Omanville, Osmunderly and many more.

Early Notables of the Oman family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Oman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Oman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Betty Oman, aged 16, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [2]
  • Daniel Oman, aged 15, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [2]
  • Mary Oman, aged 21, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [2]
Oman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aurora Oman, aged 31, who landed in New York, NY in 1893 [2]

New Zealand Oman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Oman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Oman, (b. 1873), aged 3, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1876, for Invercargill [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Oman (post 1700) +

  • W. W. Oman, American Republican politician, Chair of Wells County Republican Party, 1905 [4]
  • LeFel E. Oman, American Democrat politician, Justice of New Mexico State Supreme Court, 1972 [4]


  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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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