The roots of the Ozwell surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland
in the Medieval era. The Ozwell surname comes from someone having lived in Caithness
. This ancient family claim descent from the Norse Asbaldr,
but sometimes records show that the name may have been derived from the personal name Oswald
which is made up of the Old English elements os
meaning "god," and weald
or "rule." Saint Oswald was a king of Northumbria who introduced Christianity to northeast England
in the 7th century before being killed in battle.
Early Origins of the Ozwell family
The surname Ozwell was first found in Caithness
(Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland
, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Ozwell family
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Ozwell Spelling Variations
are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Ozwell has been spelled Oswald, Oswalde, Oswold, Oswolde, Oswell and others.
Early Notables of the Ozwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ozwell family to Ireland
Some of the Ozwell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 113 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 Ozwell family to the New World and Oceana
Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
, those who remained loyal to England
traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan
societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Ozwell: Henry Oswald who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732; Barbara Oswald settled in New York state in 1835; Joseph Oswell settled in Virginia in 1716..
The Ozwell Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Forti favet coelum
Motto Translation: Heaven favours the brave