The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Osgod came from the late Old English personal names Osgod
which were derived from the Old Norse name Asgautr
and the Old Danish and Old Swedish names Asgut
The common forms of this name in Normandy
Early Origins of the Osgod family
The surname Osgod was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Osgod family
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Osgod 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 Osgod family name include Osgoode, Osgood, Hosgood, Hosgoode and others.
Early Notables of the Osgod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Osgod family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Osgod surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Christopher Osgood who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630; along with Elizabeth; John and Mary Osgood settled in New England
in 1630; William, Sarah and four children settled in New England