Oshan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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When the ancestors of the Oshan family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Dorset. The name, however, is a reference to Osmandville, on the River Bire in Bessin, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Oshan family
The surname Oshan was first found in Dorset at Melbury Osmond, a village and civil parish in the union of Beaminster, hundred of Yetminster that dates back to 1283 when it was first listed as Melebur Osmund. "Melbury" roughly means "multi-coloured fortified place" from the Old English "maele" + burh."  Hence collectively the place name meant "fortified place of a man called Osmund."  Little is known about the place name other than the parish church, St. Osmund's was thought to have been built before 1550. It was completely rebuilt in 1745.
Important Dates for the Oshan family
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Oshan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Oshan has been recorded under many different variations, including Osmond, Osmund, Osmont, Osmonde, Osmand, Osman, Ozment and many more.
Early Notables of the Oshan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oshan family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Oshans were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Adam Osman, who immigrated to Virginia in 1623; John Osmond, who settled in Maryland in 1749; David Osmond, who came to Nova Scotia in 1793; Lewis Osmond, who settled in Philadelphia in 1793.
Contemporary Notables of the name Oshan (post 1700)
- David O'Shan, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives; Elected 1938, 1956; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Laconia 5th Ward, 1956 
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html