Origins Available: German, Scottish
Scotland in the Middle Ages brought with them the ancestors of the Oswalt family. They 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.
Early Origins of the Oswalt family
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.
Early History of the Oswalt family
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Oswalt Spelling Variations
spelling variations of the name Oswalt include Oswald, Oswalde, Oswold, Oswolde, Oswell and others.
Early Notables of the Oswalt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oswalt family to Ireland
Some of the Oswalt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Oswalt family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Oswalt or a variant listed above, including:
Oswalt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Oswalt (post 1700)
The Oswalt Motto
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
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