In the Middle Ages, Viking immigrants settled the shores of Scotland
and named many places. The Oswoyd name was then created from one of these place names. 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 Oswoyd family
The surname Oswoyd 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 Oswoyd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oswoyd research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Oswoyd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oswoyd Spelling Variations
Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations
of Oswoyd include Oswald, Oswalde, Oswold, Oswolde, Oswell and others.
Early Notables of the Oswoyd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oswoyd family to Ireland
Some of the Oswoyd 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 Oswoyd family to the New World and Oceana
In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence
. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan
societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Oswoyd name: 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 Oswoyd 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