The name OGEGAARD was derived from the Old French 'Ogiere' meaning wealth-spear, and was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name has many variant spellings which include OTTGAR, ODGERS, OGERS, OGER, ODGEAR, ODGER, OGIER and OGGERY. Early records of the name mention Ogerus Brito, listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Ogerus filius Ogeri, was recorded in the year 1196 in the County of Devon. Nicholas Oger was documented in County Sussex in the year of 1296. Peter Ogger was recorded in London in the year 1306. Peter filius Oggery of County Oxford, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1317-1377). Before the 1066 Conquest names were rare in England, the few examples found were mainly adopted by those of the clergy or one who had taken holy orders. In 1086 the conquering Duke William of Normandy commanded the Domesday Book. He wanted to know what he had and who held it, and the Book describes Old English society under its new management in minute detail. It was then that surnames began to be taken for the purposes of tax-assessment. The nobles and the upper classes were first to realise the prestige of a second name, but it was not until the 15th century that most people had acquired a second name. Later instances of the name mention Jane the daughter of Abraham Ottgar, was baptised at St. Antholin, London in the year 1637. James Smith and Catharine Oger were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1792. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The Rose depicted in the arms is used as a distinction for the seventh son. The Distinction of Houses are used to distinguish the younger from the elder branches of a family, and to show from what line each is descended.
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