The History and Genealogy of the names of Ogbourne, Ogborne & Ogburn and the early form of Okeborne. (formerly known as ‘Ogbourne Chronicles’)
These names, spelt differently at different times and places enjoy a very rich history going back to the 11th century. This website aims to share information of the history of the names mainly in England and North America, though also popping up in other places such as St Helena Island in the south Atlantic. The history of the Ogbourne villages in Wiltshire is at the root of the development of the name.
Information which will be of interest for genealogists is also covered, including a significant amount in the USA, and links between Ogb*rn*s from England who have settled in North America since the mid 17th Century.
Information has been extended through the help of many people and we welcome new contributions of information, e.g. the family of championship ploughmen in Somerset, UK and we welcome more.
November 2019 New information is included in this website of William Ogbourne, twice mayor of Axbridge in Somerset, UK in the 18th century for whom there is a plaque in the parish church.
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Our notice has been drawn recently by a website visitor of the interestingly named police station in the island of St Helena. Police Dept, St Helena Ogborn House, Jamestown St Helena Island South Atlantic Ocean STHL 1ZZ It is possible that the naming of the house may relate to a police officer Charles Ogborne from Bristol, UK who appears to have been seconded to St Helena in the early 1950s. Mr Ogborne may also have acted as a police chief in Berlin immediately after WW2. If you have any information that relates to this we’ll be very glad to hear from you.
A pair of quaint narrow terraces face each other across a green off the Mile End Rd in Whitechapel. Although they are lined up neatly like ships’ cabins, only the model boats upon the street frontage remain as evidence that these were built for as almshouses for mariners. The architect was Sir William Ogbourne, and his design was ship-shape in its elegant organisation, fourteen dwellings on either side, each one with three rooms stacked up on top of the other, all arranged around a chapel at the centre to provide spiritual navigation. It was a rigorous structure enlivened by lyrical flourishes, elaborately carved corbels above each door, model boats and stone balls topping off the edifice, and luxuriant stone crests adorning the brick work.
|William de Okebourn was pardoned by King Edward III on 12 October 1346, dated at Calais, of all homicides, felonies, robberies etc.” (Calendar of Patent Rolls 1345-1348) It seems that William took part in the Battle of Crécy- for more information.
King Edward III after Michael Vandergucht line engraving, late 17th century NPG D23698 © National Portrait Gallery, London
We go back a long way:
The family of Sir William Ogborne (1662-1734) New information has come to light on this family who are from the Hillingdon area, which can be viewed in ancestry.co.uk under the name Fotheringham family tree. This goes back as far as Bernard Ogborne whose will of 1568 is available on this website. Sir William made his name in London. It is thought that one or more of the 17th century settlers in New Jersey may have come from this family.