Origins Available: English
A product of the ancient Brythonic Celts
, the name Owensby, is from the Welsh personal name
Owen or Owain. The Old Welsh
forms of this name were Ouen and Ouein and were borrowed from the Latin name Eugenius. This is in turn derived from the Greek name Eugenios, which means well-born or noble. The name was recorded in Wales
as early as 926 AD, when Uwen Wenta Cyning was noted.
Early Origins of the Owensby family
The surname Owensby was first found in Montgomeryshire
(Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn), located in mid-Eastern Wales
, one of thirteen historic counties, and anciently the medieval kingdom of Powys
Wenwynwyn, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Owensby family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Owensby research.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1169, 1661, 1624, 1640, 1600, 1666, 1616, 1683, 1608, 1678, 1645, 1678, 1645, 1698, 1676, 1679, 1664, 1622, 1692, 1659, 1647, 1639, 1700 and are included under the topic Early Owensby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Owensby Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Owensby has occasionally been spelled Owen, Owens, MacOwen, Owenson, Owenby, Ownby and others.
Early Notables of the Owensby family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Owen (died 1661), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1624 and 1640, supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Sir John Owen (1600-1666), a Welsh
Royalist officer during the English Civil War... Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Owensby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Owensby family to Ireland
Some of the Owensby family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 105 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 Owensby family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Owensby
Owensby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Morllands Owensby, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXJC-T3J : 6 December 2014), Morllands Owensby, 30 May 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- William Owensby, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1920 from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XQ-G23 : 6 December 2014), William Owensby, 21 Nov 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Owensby (post 1700)
- Earl Owensby, American founder of Earl Owensby Studios, an American-based film and television film studio in 1974
- Jacob Wayne Owensby, American prelate, the 4th and current bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana
- Don W. Owensby, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 11th District, 1958 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Ernest Earl Owensby (1935-1970), American created independent film-maker who created a 200 acre motion picture studio active in Shelby, North Carolina, active in the 1970s and 1980s