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Osmotherly Coat of Arms / Osmotherly Family Crest

Osmotherly Coat of Arms / Osmotherly Family Crest

The surname of OSMOTHERLY was of the locational group of surnames 'of Osmotherly' a parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and a township in the parish of Ulverston, North Lancashire. The name was found early in the Furness district as ASMUNDERLAW. The name literally meant the dweller near the ground that was rising, a hill or mound. The name was derived from the Old Norman ASMUNDR, and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention ASMUNDRELAC (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Walter de Osmunderlawe, was documented in the year 1300, in the County of Lancashire. Ywan de Asmunderlaw was recorded in Furness in the year 1440. John Osmotherley registered at Oxford University in the year of 1598. William Osmotherly embarked on the ship the Globe, for Virginia in the United States of America in 1635. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Langrigg, County Cumberland; the family settled in the parish of Bromfield during the reign of Edward I (1279-1307) and possessed of Langrigg since the time of Richard II (1377-1399). The last of the family, the Rev. Salkeld Osmunderley, sold the estate of Langrigg in 1735.

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