Osmotherly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Osmotherly family

The surname Osmotherly was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of lands at Bury when Ormundi, son of Leuric was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. They are believed to be of Omanville in Normandy.

Important Dates for the Osmotherly family

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Osmotherly Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ormandy, Ormundy, Ormundie, Oman, Omand, Omond, Omanville, Osmunderly and many more.

Early Notables of the Osmotherly family (pre 1700)

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Osmotherly migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Osmotherly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Osmotherly, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Osmotherly (post 1700)

  • E.B.C. Osmotherly, English civil servant in the Machinery of Government Division of the British Cabinet Office, eponym of The Osmotherly Rules

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
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