Osborn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Osborn surname itself is thought to be derived from an Old Norse personal name "Asbjorn" made up of "às," meaning "god" and "bjorn," or "bear." The name became Osbern in old English. Bearers of this name also came to Britain from Normandy, and over the centuries have become indistinguishable from those who predated the Norman invasion. "The name is found in England before the Conquest and may be of direct Scandinavian origin. It was also common in Normandy whence it was often brought over by Normans after the Conquest." [1]

Early Origins of the Osborn family

The surname Osborn was first found in Kent where "this family descends from a Kentish branch of the family of Fitz-Osberne, seated in that county early in the reign of Henry VI., when Thomas Osberne appeared to a writ of Quo warranto for the Abbey of Dartford." [2] His grandfather was Richard Fitz-Osberne, or Fitz-Osbert who held a fief from Earl Bigot in 1165. Richard's father was Stephen Fitz-Osbert fl. 1152 was son of William Fitz-Osbert, son of Osberne Fitz-Letard who held lands from Odo of Bayeaux in 1086. [2]

Many bearers of the name were descended from Sarum in Normandy. Confirming this ancient origin another source states the "name occurred in England before the Norman Conquest. It is confined south of a line joining the Humber and the Mersey, and its principal area of distribution takes the form of a belt crossing central England from East Anglia to the borders of Wales. [3] "Several persons bearing it occur in Domesday [Book], as tenants in chief in different counties;" [4] specifically the Osbern variant. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Gerard filius Oseberne in Huntingdonshire; and Robert Oseberne in Oxfordshire. [5] Osbernus filius Willelmi was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for the year 1221 in Buckinghamshire and Henry Osbern, in the Assize Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1260. John Osebarn was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296 and Walter Hosebarn was found in the Feet of Fines of Cambridgeshire in 1327. [1]

Important Dates for the Osborn family

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Osborn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Osborne, Osborn, Osbourne, Osbourn, Osburn, Osburne, Osbern and many more.

Early Notables of the Osborn family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Francis Osborne (1593-1659), an English essayist; Dorothy Osborne, Lady Temple (1627-1695), a British writer of letters and wife of Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet; Sarah Osborne (Osbourne, Osburne, or Osborn) (c. 1643-1692) (nee Warren), one of the first three...
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Migration of the Osborn family to Ireland

Some of the Osborn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Osborn migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Osborn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jenkin Osborn, who landed in Virginia in 1617 [6]
  • Thomas Osborn, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Osborn, who arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625 [6]
  • Richard Osborn, who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Richard Osborn, aged 22, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [6]
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Osborn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Inemry Osborn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1702 [6]
Osborn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Osborn, aged 32, who landed in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Alfred M Osborn, aged 23, who arrived in Tennessee in 1812 [6]
  • Smith Osborn, aged 20, who landed in America in 1822 [6]
  • Samuel R Osborn, aged 41, who arrived in New York in 1828 [6]
  • Francis Osborn, who arrived in New York in 1845 [6]
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Osborn migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Osborn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Charles Osborn U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. James Osborn U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]
Osborn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jane Osborn, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Martha Osborn, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • James Osborn, aged 12, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • William Osborn, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Mary Osborn, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
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Osborn migration to Australia

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

Osborn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Osborn, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • William Osborn, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Henry Osborn, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [10]
  • J. Osborn, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [10]
  • William Osborn, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
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Osborn 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:

Osborn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Ann Osborn, (b. 1835), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [12]
  • Mr. David Osborn, (b. 1839), aged 21, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Gananoque" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 9th May 1860 [12]
  • Mrs. Mary Osborn, (b. 1822), aged 37, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [13]
  • Miss Ann Osborn, (b. 1839), aged 20, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [13]
  • Miss Mary Osborn, (b. 1841), aged 18, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [13]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Osborn (post 1700)

  • Derrill Radcliff Osborn (1942-2019), American fashion executive
  • William M. Osborn, American politician, Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, 1874-76 [14]
  • William J. Osborn, American politician, Mayor of Calexico, California, 1952-56 [14]
  • William J. Osborn, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Wyandotte, Kansas, 1855-57 [14]
  • William H. Osborn, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Lenawee County 2nd District, 1865-68 [14]
  • William D. Osborn, American politician, Representative from New York 26th District, 1874, 1878 [14]
  • William Church Osborn (b. 1862), American Democrat politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 15th District, 1894; New York Democratic State Chair, 1914-16 [14]
  • William B. Osborn, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Los Angeles, California, 1853-55 [14]
  • William Osborn, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988 [14]
  • William Osborn, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1944 [14]
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Citations

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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