This website focuses on the history of the names Ogbourne/Ogborne/Ogburn and their genealogy, the history being amazingly diverse, especially in the UK and USA, though the name is now also found in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other countries. Records exist for these names in very early records in England and the USA, and the history of the Ogbourne villages is very much at the root of the development of the name. In some areas there are Ogbourne/Ogborne ‘hot spots’ where the name has cropped up very frequently – i.e in North Somerset and North Wiltshire.

This website has been running for almost 20 years,  and has now (April 2014) been converted to a blog, which it is hoped will encourage others who share the interest to comment and contribute information.  The format also makes reading on iphones and ipads much easier.

We are delighted to have recently received more information from Mr Keith Ogborne of North Devon about the extended Ogborne family in Somerset,  mostly based around the delightfully named Somerset village of Nempnett Thrubwell, immortalised by Adge Cutler & The Wurzels – see http://www.thewurzels.com/lyricsnempnett.htm

This is the family from whom the Ogbourne Championship Ploughmen were drawn, but it is clear that there have been many Ogbornes/Ogbournes in this area going back to the 17th Century. If anything there appear to have been more in this area than in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.

We will be working to make this information available through the website. The information is likely to be of great interest to genealogists in the UK and beyond.

Participants in World War 1

As we approach the anniversary of the commencement of the 1st World War, we salute those Ogbournes/Ogborns/Ogburns who took part. There have been many books on this subject, but none illustrates the awfulness of the conflict better than the recently published Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 by Max Hastings (The book also explains more understandably than most how this war developed from a distant assassination in the Balkans.)

Amongst those who gave their lives we salute:

Harry Ogbourne, of Wargrave, Berkshire who died aged 26 on 20th May 1918 in Flanders from wounds suffered in an enemy air raid.   Harry was a member of the 1st Life Guards.

Listing of War Medals awarded to Ogb*rn* British Army Personnel in WW1 1914-18.

We are members of:

The Guild of One Name Studies

The Guild of One Name Studies

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Focusing on the history of the name of Ogbourne, Ogborn, Ogburn and other variants, including the early form of Ocheburne & Okebourne