The earliest origins of the name Oswod are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings
It is a name for someone who 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 Oswod family
The surname Oswod 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.
Early History of the Oswod family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oswod research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Oswod History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oswod Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations
, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Oswod has been spelled Oswald, Oswalde, Oswold, Oswolde, Oswell and others.
Early Notables of the Oswod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oswod family to Ireland
Some of the Oswod 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.
Migration of the Oswod family to the New World and Oceana
The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan
societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Oswod family relocated to North American shores quite early: Henry Oswald who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732; Barbara Oswald settled in New York state in 1835; Joseph Oswell settled in Virginia in 1716..
The Oswod 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