Osbaldeston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Osbaldeston is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Osbaldeston family once lived in Osbaldeston, Lancashire. The place-name was recorded as Ossebaldistun c. 1200. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English personal name Osbald with the suffix tun, which means "farm," added. The place-name means "farm belonging to Osbald."

Early Origins of the Osbaldeston family

The surname Osbaldeston was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Osbaldeston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Osbaldeston research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1594, 1594, 1577, 1645, 1691, 1659, 1699, 1684, 1701, 1687, 1739, 1690, 1749, 1691, 1764, 1762, 1764, 1585, 1640 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Osbaldeston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Osbaldeston Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Osbaldeston family name include Osbaldeston, Osbaldeson, Osbaldston, Osburton and others.

Early Notables of the Osbaldeston family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Edward Osbaldeston (c. 1560-1594) an English ordained deacon who was arrested the day after giving his first Mass on the feast day of St. Jerome, at York and later hanged, drawn, and quartered on 16 November, 1594, for being a Catholic priest, one of the eighty-five martyrs of England and Wales beatified by Pope John Paul II; William Osbaldeston or Osbolston (1577-1645)...
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Ireland Migration of the Osbaldeston family to Ireland

Some of the Osbaldeston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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New Zealand Osbaldeston 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:

Osbaldeston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ralph Osbaldeston, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855 [1]
  • Sarah Osbaldeston, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855 [1]
  • Mr. Ralph Osbaldeston, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 [1]
  • Mrs. Sarah Osbaldeston, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Osbaldeston (post 1700) +

  • "Squire" George Osbaldeston (1786-1866), English sportsman
  • Gordon Francis Joseph Osbaldeston (b. 1930), former Canadian civil servant, Officer of the Order of Canada


The Osbaldeston 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: Constance et firm
Motto Translation: Perserverance and decision.


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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