The chronicles of the Oswood family suggest that their ancestors may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when 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 Oswood family
The surname Oswood 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 Oswood family
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Oswood Spelling Variations
The spellings of Scottish names dating from the medieval era often bear little resemblance to those seen today. They vary enormously because scribes in that time spelled according to their ears. Some spelling variations
of the name Oswood include Oswald, Oswalde, Oswold, Oswolde, Oswell and others.
Early Notables of the Oswood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oswood family to Ireland
Some of the Oswood 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 Oswood family to the New World and Oceana
The farms of Scottish settlers soon dotted the east coast of the colonies that would become the nations of the United States and Canada. Many of those migrants and their children went on to play important roles in the founding the great nations of North America. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Oswood or a variant listed above, including: 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 Oswood 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