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Origins Available: German, Scottish
Oswald comes from a place name. The roots of this Scottish place name; however date back to the great movement of the Norse Vikings. The ancestors of the Oswald family lived in Caithness. This ancient family claim descent from the Norse Asbaldr, but sometimes records show that the name may have been derived from the personal name Oswald which is made up of the Old English elements os meaning "god," and weald or "rule." Saint Oswald was a king of Northumbria who introduced Christianity to northeast England in the 7th century before being killed in battle.
The surname Oswald was first found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Spelling and translation were quite undeveloped in the Middle Ages. Consequently, the spelling of Scottish names was an inconsistent practice, usually governed by the unique ear of the scribe recording the name. Over the years, Oswald was spelled Oswald, Oswalde, Oswold, Oswolde, Oswell and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oswald research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Oswald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Oswald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Oswald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Opportunity and land greeted those who made it all the way. Some had the opportunity to solidify their new freedom by fighting in the American War of Independence, while others went or stayed north as United Empire Loyalists. Recently, the ancestors of those brave settlers have been able to recover much of their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic organizations. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Oswald:
Oswald Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Oswald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Oswald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Oswald Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Oswald Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Oswald Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Oswald Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Oswald Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Forti favet coelum
Motto Translation: Heaven favours the brave
The Oswald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oswald Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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