The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Osgood came from the late Old English personal names Osgod and Osgot, which were derived from the Old Norse name Asgautr and the Old Danish and Old Swedish names Asgut and Asgut. The common forms of this name in Normandy were Ansgot and Angot.
Early Origins of the Osgood family
The surname Osgood 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 Osgood family
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Osgood Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Osgood has been recorded under many different variations, including Osgoode, Osgood, Hosgood, Hosgoode and others.
Early Notables of the Osgood family (pre 1700)
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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Osgood or a variant listed above:
Osgood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Christopher Osgood who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 along with Elizabeth
John and Mary Osgood, who settled in New England in 1630
Christopher Osgood, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1634 
John Osgood, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638 
Sarah Osgood, who landed in New England in 1638 
^ 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)