Ozment History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ozment arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ozment family lived in Dorset. The name, however, is a reference to Osmandville, on the River Bire in Bessin, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Ozment family

The surname Ozment was first found in Dorset at Melbury Osmond, a village and civil parish in the union of Beaminster, hundred of Yetminster that dates back to 1283 when it was first listed as Melebur Osmund. "Melbury" roughly means "multi-coloured fortified place" from the Old English "maele" + burh." [1] Hence collectively the place name meant "fortified place of a man called Osmund." [1] Little is known about the place name other than the parish church, St. Osmund's was thought to have been built before 1550. It was completely rebuilt in 1745.

Early History of the Ozment family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ozment research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 155 and 1555 are included under the topic Early Ozment History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ozment Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Osmond, Osmund, Osmont, Osmonde, Osmand, Osman, Ozment and many more.

Early Notables of the Ozment family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ozment Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ozment migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ozment or a variant listed above:

Ozment Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Varnum Ozment, who settled in Galveston, Texas in 1839

Contemporary Notables of the name Ozment (post 1700) +

  • Steven E. Ozment (b. 1939), American historian of early modern and modern Germany, and the Protestant Reformation


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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