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The Owsley surname is thought to have been a habitational name, from a now lost place name in Southern England, perhaps from the name of the river name Ouse and the Old English "le-ah," meaning a "wood."

Owsley Early Origins



The surname Owsley was first found in Salop (Shropshire) where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1300 when they held in that shire.

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Owsley Spelling Variations


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Owsley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ousely, Ouseley, Owsley, Owseley, Oosely, Osly, Osley, Oursley, Housley and many more.

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Owsley Early History


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Owsley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Owsley research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1570, 1624, and 1640 are included under the topic Early Owsley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Owsley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Owsley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Owsley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Owsley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Owsley, who arrived in Virginia in 1703

Owsley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Henry Owsley, aged 59, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • H. B. Owsley, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • Caroline Owsley, aged 7, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Clara B. Owsley, aged 49, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Mrs Frederic Owsley, aged 45, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Owsley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Owsley (post 1700)



  • William Owsley (1782-1862), American jurist and politician, associate justice on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 16th Governor of Kentucky (1844-1848), 23rd Secretary of State of Kentucky (1835-1836)
  • Monroe Owsley (1900-1937), American stage and film actor who died at the age of 36 from a heart attack following a car accident
  • Frank Lawrence Owsley (1890-1956), American historian who taught at Vanderbilt University
  • Douglas W. Owsley Ph.D. (b. 1951), American forensic anthropologist and archeologist, Division Head of Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
  • Alvin Mansfield Owsley (1888-1967), American diplomat, lawyer, and soldier, United States Ambassador to Romania (1933-1935), United States Ambassador to Ireland (1935-1937), United States Ambassador to Denmark (1937-1937)
  • William F. Owsley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1884
  • William Owsley (1782-1862), American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1809; Member of Kentucky State Senate, 1832; Secretary of State of Kentucky, 1835-36; Governor of Kentucky, 1844-48
  • Thomas M. Owsley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1920
  • D. Ray Owsley, American Republican politician, Hickory County Clerk, 1919-27; Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Hickory County, 1927-28
  • Bryan Young Owsley (1798-1849), American politician, Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1841-43
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Owsley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Owsley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 26 January 2016 at 10:04.

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