Osbourne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Osbourne 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 Osbourne family

The surname Osbourne 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 Osbourne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Osbourne 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 Osbourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Osbourne Spelling Variations

The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. 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 Osbourne has also been spelled Osborne, Osborn, Osbourne, Osbourn, Osburn, Osburne, Osbern and many more.

Early Notables of the Osbourne family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Osbourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Osbourne family to Ireland

Some of the Osbourne 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 Osbourne migration to the United States +

Some of the first North American settlers with Osbourne name or one of its variants:

Osbourne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Osbourne and her husband, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Mary Osbourne and her husband settled in Virginia in 1634
  • James Osbourne, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [2]
  • Charles Osbourne, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [2]
  • Jeremiah Osbourne, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Osbourne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frances Osbourne, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]

Australia Osbourne migration to Australia +

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

Osbourne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Osbourne, (b. 1810), aged 29, Cornish cook departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Westminster" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 13th December 1839 [3]
  • Mr. William Osbourne, (b. 1806), aged 44, Cornish blacksmith departing from Plymouth on 9th December 1849 aboard the ship "Reliance" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 19th March 1850 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Osbourne, (b. 1807), aged 43, Cornish housekeeper departing from Plymouth on 9th December 1849 aboard the ship "Reliance" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 19th March 1850 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas C. Osbourne, (b. 1833), aged 17, Cornish blacksmith's boy departing from Plymouth on 9th December 1849 aboard the ship "Reliance" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 19th March 1850 [3]
  • Miss Isabella Osbourne, (b. 1830), aged 20, Cornish dressmaker departing from Plymouth on 9th December 1849 aboard the ship "Reliance" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 19th March 1850 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Osbourne 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:

Osbourne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Osbourne, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 12th April 1874 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Osbourne (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Lloyd Osbourne (1868-1947), American novelist, stepson of Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Joey Osbourne, American drummer
  • Glen Osbourne (b. 1971), American professional wrestler, known professionally as "The Beast"
  • Samuel M. Osbourne, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Columbus, Indiana, 1829-30 [5]
  • Lloyd Osbourne, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul General in Apia, 1897 [5]
  • Miss Helen Osbourne M.B.E., British Principal and Chief Executive Officer for Learner Services Manager for Friend’s Centre in Brighton, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Adult Education [6]
  • Mrs. Jennifer Osbourne M.B.E., British Chief Executive Officer for Tpas, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to tenant Engagement [7]
  • Sharon Rachel Osbourne (b. 1952), née Arden, British TV personality and wife of Ozzy Osbourne
  • John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (b. 1948), English Grammy Award winning singer, inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2006)
  • Kelly Osbourne (b. 1984), British singer, daughter of Ozzy Osbourne
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. W Osbourne, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Ella Osbourne, Scottish 1st Class Passenger from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Edward Osbourne (d. 1912), aged 32, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]


The Osbourne 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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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