Osmund History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Osmund was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Osmund 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.
Early Origins of the Osmund family
The surname Osmund 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 Osmund family
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Osmund Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Osmund are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Osmund include Osmond, Osmund, Osmont, Osmonde, Osmand, Osman, Ozment and many more.
Early Notables of the Osmund family (pre 1700)
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Osmund migration to the United States
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Osmund, or a variant listed above:
Osmund Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Matheas Osmund, aged 1, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837 
Contemporary Notables of the name Osmund (post 1700)
- Edward Osmund Bland (1926-2013), American composer and musical director
- Osmund Fairworth Pool (1874-1955), American Republican politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1925; Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1928 
- Osmund Osmundson, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 18th District, 1872-73 
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