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Today's generation of the Osmond family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Osmond family 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.

Osmond Early Origins



The surname Osmond 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Hence collectively the place name meant "fortified place of a man called Osmund." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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.

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Osmond Spelling Variations


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Osmond Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Osmond include Osmond, Osmund, Osmont, Osmonde, Osmand, Osman, Ozment and many more.

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Osmond Early History


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Osmond Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Osmond research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 155 and 1555 are included under the topic Early Osmond History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Osmond Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Osmond Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Osmond Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Osmond In Ireland


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Osmond In Ireland



Some of the Osmond family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Osmonds to arrive on North American shores:

Osmond Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gillian Osmond, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Osmond Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Osmond, who settled in Maryland in 1749
  • Lewis Osmond, who settled in Philadelphia in 1793

Osmond Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Herman Aarag Osmond, who landed in Ohio in 1836
  • Edmund Osmond, who was living in Ohio in 1855
  • William Osmond, who arrived in Arkansas in 1887

Osmond Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • David Osmond, who came to Nova Scotia in 1793
  • David Osmond, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1793

Osmond Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Osmond arrived in Sydney aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
  • John Osmond, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart"
  • Isabella Osmond, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Osmond (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Osmond (post 1700)



  • JoAnn D. Osmond, American former politician, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives (2002-2014)
  • Aaron Osmond (b. 2012), American politician, Member of the Utah Senate
  • Cliff Osmond (1937-2012), born Clifford Osman Ebrahim, an American character actor and television screenwriter best known for his roles in films directed by Billy Wilder
  • George Virl Osmond (1917-2007), American patriarch of the Osmond singing family
  • Olive May Osmond (1925-2004), American matriarch of the Osmond singing family
  • Kenneth Charles "Ken" Osmond (b. 1943), American child actor, best known for his as Eddie Haskell on the 1950s television situation comedy Leave It to Beaver
  • Melvin Wayne Osmond (b. 1951), American musician, member of the family musical group The Osmonds
  • James Arthur "Jimmy" Osmond (b. 1963), American singer, actor, and businessman, member of the family musical group The Osmonds
  • Alan Ralph Osmond (b. 1949), American musician, member of the family musical group The Osmonds
  • Olive Marie Osmond (b. 1959), American singer, actress, doll designer, member of The Osmonds
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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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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  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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