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Various Osborne Coat of Arms. No claim is made to any. Images are © respective copyright holders.


Surname variations
Variations of our Surname include: Osborn, Osborne, Osbourn, Osbourne, Osburn, Osburne, Osbern, Osberne, Osbron, Orsborn, Orsborne & Osbon

Family Tree
The oldest known progenitor (ancestor/forefather) that I have been able to trace on the OSBORNE patriline is John OSBORNE (buried 19/02/1728 in Castlethorpe, Buckinghamshire, England). John OSBORNE married Elizabeth (surname unknown) (buried 20/10/1698 in Castlethorpe, Buckinghamshire, England). John and Elizabeth OSBORNE had 4 children, including our direct ancestor, William OSBORNE (christened 26/07/1673 and buried 22/04/1749). However, there is some evidence of a Richard and William Osborne in Castlethorpe as far back as 1629. The Castlethorpe Village website contains a wealth of information about the Osborne family for over 300 years (1629 to 1940). You can also view a location map of Castlethorpe, Buckinghamshire, England.

View the Family Tree for detailed family records.

Earliest Osbornes (may or may not be related!)
The surname OSBORNE was first found in Kent where the name was already established prior to 1066. Early records of Osbornes include:
  • A family called Osbern lived in Derbyshire
  • A man called Osbernus was registered as a presbyter in Scotland in 1097
  • Gerard fil Oseberne lived in Huntingdonshire in 1273
  • Robert Oseberne live in Oxford in 1273
  • (source: http://www.houseofnames.com/osborne-coat-of-arms/English)
    (source: http://www.writing.com/main/images/item_id/324205) Also see: http://www.usbornefamilytree.com/normanosbornes.htm

    Surname Origin
    The English surname is derived from the Old Norse (Danish/Viking) personal name Ásbjörn or Asbjørn, pronounced "awsbyern", and composed of the elements Ás (God/Holy) + björn (Bear) - most likely a reference to the colossal Ursus spelaeus, an ancient bear that roamed the plains of Europe and died out about 10,000 years ago after the end of the last ice age. The name was established in England before the Conquest, in the late Old English form Osbern, and was later reinforced by Norman Osbern. It was a very common name in Normandy in the Middle Ages, and many Normans who came to England after the conquest brought the name with them. The ancient family motto was "Pax in Bello" (latin), meaning "Peace in War".
    (source: http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Osborne-name-meaning.ashx)
    (source: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4)
    (source: http://www.writing.com/main/images/item_id/324205)
    (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne)

    Osbornes at War
    The following relatives have served in armed conflict:
  • Frank Stephens - Several campaigns in WWI, incl. Battle of Marne & Battle of Somme
  • Edwin Charles Brown (Killed in Action) - WWI, Pernios (France)
  • Frank Compton Osborne (Killed in Action) - WWI, Third Battle of Ypres Salient (Belgium), aka Passendale
  • Morris Owen Osborne - WWII, Siege of Malta

  • Famous Osbornes in History
    No proven links to nobility or notoriety - but any information will be more than welcome!
    However, there is much anecdotal information of links to the following. These claims are all presently under investigation but are as yet unverified and most likely fanciful.
    Name Comments
    William Fitz-Osbern (11th century)William Fitz-Osbern was born in Poitiers cir. 1020/1030, the illegitimate son of Osbern Sieward of Normandy (Osbern the Seneschal) and brother of Osbern (later Bishop of Exeter). He married Adeline, sister of Ralph de Tosny. He assisted William the Conqueuer by leading the right wing of the forces at the Battle of Hastings, defeating King Harold at The Battle of Hastings (14 Oct 1066). After King William I's coronation (25th Dec 1066), he claimed all the land in England and distributed the land between himself and those men who had helped him at the Battle of Hastings. King William installed William Fitz-Osbern as one of the few leading Norman landowners and was given vast estates, notably in the Welsh Marshes and the Isle of Wight (Osborne House?) - together with the titles 1st Earl of Hereford in 1067 and Lord of Breteuil (in ?). While King William was away (1067), disturbances broke out in Kent, Herefordshire, and in the north of the country and Fitz Osbern played a leading role in putting down these rebellions. To maintain control over his own land Fitz Osbern built several castles including Carisbrooke on the Isle of Wight and then in South Wales Chepstow (Striguil), Wigmore, Clifford Castle and Monmouth, as well as creating or improving the fortifications of the towns of Hereford and Shrewsbury. William Fitz Osbern was killed in Bavinchove, near Cassel, Ravenchoven in Flanders on 20-22/02/1071. The death-blow dealt by one of his own knights, named Gerbodon, who had previously unhorsed him, but we are left in doubt as to the motive of the felon. The Earl's body was carried by his men-at-arms to the Abbey of Cormeilles, in Normandy and buried there "amid much sorrow". His son Roger Fitz-Osbern inherited his title and estates, led an uprising against the King (1075), was quickly suppressed - and forfeited his estates and imprisoned for life. Ordericus Vitalis, the norman chronicler wrote in 1141 of the family being lost without trace "Truly the world's glory droops and withers like the flowers of grass; it is spent and scattered like smoke".
    The Ecclesiastical History of England and Normandy By Ordericus Vitalis, Léopold Delisle, Guizot (François)
    The Ancestors of William Fitz Osbern in The English Historical Review, LIX (1944), p62-79, by D. C. Douglas
    http://vlib.iue.it/carrie/texts/carrie_books/nelson/ (esp. chapter 2)

    A lineage of William Fitz-Osbern can be found at
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~havens5/p33226.htm and traced back to Radbard King of Garderidge, Russia, born 638 A.D.
    Osborne House (Isle of Wight) 
    Sir Edward Osborne, and
    Duke of Leeds
    John Osborne (playwright - 'Look Back in Anger') 
    Mountbatten family 

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    UK & Ireland Genealogy http://www.genuki.org.uk/
    Passenger Lists http://www.ancestorsonboard.com/
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    A family tree is not just a collection of names, dates and places, so if you have any anecdotes or interesting stories about any of your (our) ancestors I would love to hear them. It's always so much better to know about their characters!! I have heard it said that the dates and places are the branches of the tree but the stories are the leaves... More than anything, we value your input. Corrections, additions, photos, comments/anecdotes and suggestions are more than welcome!! Please email Chris Osborne

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