The present generation of the Osbaldstone family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Osbaldstone family
The surname Osbaldstone 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 Osbaldstone family
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Osbaldstone Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Osbaldstone include Osbaldeston, Osbaldeson, Osbaldston, Osburton and others.
Early Notables of the Osbaldstone 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... Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Osbaldstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Osbaldstone family to Ireland
Some of the Osbaldstone family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Osbaldstone family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Osbaldstone were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Osbaldston, who settled in Maryland in 1741; Alexander Osburton settled in Virginia in 1636.
The Osbaldstone 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.