Otingsell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Otingsell is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Otingsell family lived in Warwickshire.

Early Origins of the Otingsell family

The surname Otingsell was first found in Warwickshire at Maxtoke, a parish, in the union of Meriden, Atherstone division of the hundred of Hemlingford. "

This place, written Machintone in Domesday Book, is therein certified as having woods one mile in length and half a mile in breadth. William de Odingsells, in the reign of Henry III., had a charter of free warren in all his demesne lands here; and his son and successor claimed by prescription, in the reign of Edward I., a court-leet, with gallows, tumbrell, and assize of bread and beer, which were allowed." [1]

Important Dates for the Otingsell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Otingsell research. Another 48 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 113 and 1130 are included under the topic Early Otingsell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Otingsell Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Otingsell include Odingsells, Odingsell, Odingells, Odingell, Odingsleigh, Odingsly, Odingslie, Odingsley and many more.

Early Notables of the Otingsell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Otingsell family

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Otingsells to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Odingsells who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1635.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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