Osborne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Osborne is derived from the Old Norse personal name Asbjorn, meaning divine bear. Alternatively the name was Anglicized as Osbeorn and Osbern from the Old English word "be(o)rn" which meant "god warrior." Osbernus was presbyter in record (1097-1107), and Osbern was capellanus (chaplain) from 1107 to 1124. Osbernus was abbot of Jaddewurd, (c. 1150) and Osbern was capellanus of Glasgow, c. 1180. [1]

Early Origins of the Osborne family

The surname Osborne was first found in Kent, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated as Lords of the manor of Hartlip. They were descended from Sarum in Normandy, Osborne was expelled from Normandy in 1054 by King William. He sought refuge at the Court of MacBeth in Scotland, however he made his peace with William after the Conquest and was elected Bishop of Sarum and became one of only three people permitted to dine at the King's Table.

Early History of the Osborne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Osborne research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1180, 1398, 1399, 1513, 1648, 1730, 1656, 1596, 1667, 1639, 1649, 1685, 1639, 1649, 1671 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Osborne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Osborne Spelling Variations

Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Osborne has also been spelled Osborne, Osborn, Osbourne, Osbourn, Osburn, Osburne, Osbern and many more.

Early Notables of the Osborne family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Osborne family to Ireland

Some of the Osborne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 132 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Osborne migration to the United States +

Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Osborne, or a variant listed above:

Osborne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Osborne, who settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Ralph Osborne, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 [2]
  • Raph Osborne, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Jenkin Osborne, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Jenkin Osborne, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Osborne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Osborne, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • Peter Osborne, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1711-1712 [2]
  • Nathaniel Osborne, who landed in South Carolina in 1712 [2]
  • Alice Osborne, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • Edward Osborne, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Osborne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Osborne, aged 24, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [2]
  • Samuel Osborne, aged 51, who arrived in Virginia in 1812 [2]
  • Isabella Osborne, aged 1, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 [2]
  • Hugh Osborne, aged 15, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 [2]
  • Mary Jane Osborne, aged 13, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Osborne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George W Osborne, who landed in Colorado in 1901 [2]

Canada Osborne migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Osborne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ann Osborne, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Emily" departing from the port of Emily, Cork but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]
  • Miss Catherine Osborne who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing 18th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. Edward Osborne who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Charlotte" departing 2nd June 1847 from Plymouth, England; the ship arrived on 13th July 1847 but he died on board [4]

Australia Osborne migration to Australia +

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

Osborne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Osborne, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Edward Osborne, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • E. W. Osborne, aged 19, a printer, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [7]
  • Mr. James Osborne, British Convict who was convicted in Hertford, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. William Osborne, English convict who was convicted in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Osborne 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:

Osborne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Osborne, aged 31, a stonemason, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Osborne, aged 30, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • John Osborne, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • Mary Osborne, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Miss Mary Osborne, (b. 1819), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Osborne (post 1700) +

  • Grant R. Osborne (1942-2018), American theologian and New Testament scholar
  • Robert Jolin Osborne (1932-2017), American actor, film historian, television presenter, and author, best known as the host for the cable channel Turner Classic Movies
  • F. Edward Osborne (1925-2014), American politician and businessman, Member of the Idaho House of Representatives in 1989
  • Sir Danvers Osborne (1715-1753), 3rd Baronet, English-born, American Colonial Governor of New York province (1753)
  • Marie "Baby Marie" Osborne (1911-2010), born Helen Alice Myers, the first major child star of American silent films
  • Lieutenant Weedon Edward Osborne (1892-1918), United States Navy officer and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War I
  • Barry M. Osborne (b. 1944), American movie producer, executive producer, production manager and director
  • Adam Osborne (1939-2003), American author, book and software publisher, and computer designer
  • Arden Osborne, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 2008 [11]
  • Alma C. Osborne, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000 [11]
  • ... (Another 85 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • Cyril Edward Osborne (d. 1942), British Leading Stoker aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. O. Osborne, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Bernard W Osborne, British Signal Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Charles Kelynack Osborne (b. 1900), British Chief Petty Officer Supply, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Alfred J Osborne, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Thomas George Osborne (1920-1939), British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. J. Osborne, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mrs. Alexandra Mary Osborne, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [17]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William D. Osborne Jr., American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Mervin Eugene Osborne, American Fireman First Class from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]


The Osborne 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: Pax in bello
Motto Translation: Peace in war.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 51)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 92)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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