Osment History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Osment family, who 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 Osment family

The surname Osment 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." [1] Hence collectively the place name meant "fortified place of a man called Osmund." [1] 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 Osment family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Osment research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 155 and 1555 are included under the topic Early Osment History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Osment Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Osment were recorded, including Osmond, Osmund, Osmont, Osmonde, Osmand, Osman, Ozment and many more.

Early Notables of the Osment family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Osment family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Osment arrived in North America very early: 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 Osment (post 1700)

  • Haley Joel Osment (b. 1988), American Academy Award nominated actor
  • Emily Jordan Osment (b. 1992), American actress, and singer-songwriter, best known for her role as Gerti Giggles in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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