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Early Origins of the Ottsbey family


The surname Ottsbey was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Otby, held by the under-tenant of Ivo Tailbois, Geoffry who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Ivo was a Norman Baron who was lord of the whole district of Hogland. He is said to have been a relative of Duke William, King of England. Geoffrey was probably a kinsman.

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Early History of the Ottsbey family

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Early History of the Ottsbey family


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Ottsbey Spelling Variations

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Ottsbey Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Otby, Otbie, Ottby, Otteby, Ottebie, Ottaby, Ottsby, Ottsbie, Otbie, Otebie and many more.

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Early Notables of the Ottsbey family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Ottsbey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ottsbey family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Ottsbey family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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