Omand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Omand family

The surname Omand 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 Omand family

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Omand Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Omand family (pre 1700)

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Australia Omand migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Omand Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Omand, aged 43, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" [2]
  • John Omand, aged 22, a watchmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Omand (post 1700) +

  • William "Junior" Omand (1931-2005), was Scottish amateur footballer who made over 250 appearances in the Scottish League for Queen's Park (1951-1962)
  • Sir David Bruce Omand GCB (b. 1947), British civil servant, Director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) from 1996 to 1997

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STANDARD 1852. Retrieved on Facebook
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