The History and Genealogy of the names of Ogbourne, Ogborne & Ogburn and the early form of Okeborne. 

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.

31st Dec 2022:  We are finding that the name of Ogbourne is well known in Jamaica, and has been since the 18th Century, mostly based around Moneague,St Ann, Jamaica – for more information Please use the contact us page if you have information to share on this.

May 2021  UK Population studies

from 1881 Cencus

Information is now included in the statistics of Ogb**rn* names and their area of residence in 1881.  Further information can be found on the population studies page.

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.


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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St Mary de Lode Church, Gloucester, England. Connected with Symon in Virginia in 1652 ?
John Ogborne Ploughing Champion
Will of Banjamin Watkins Ogburn, Virginia 1912
Elmstone Hardwicke Church, Gloucestershire
1996 House of Ogburn Reunion
The Ogbourne Championship Ploughmen
St Olaf's Church, London
Virginia Barnwell, Daughter of the Rev John Ogburn
Four Ogburn Brothers, Confederate Soldiers
Rev. John Taylor Ogburn (1881-1963)
Ogbourne St George Parish Church
Election time in Wootton Bassett, Wilts
Directions from Marlborough, Wiltshire
Parish Church of Ogbourne St Andrew
David 'Oggie' Ogburn, Professional Photographer
Charlton Ogburn, Author
William Fielding Ogburn
Judge Robert W Ogburn
Election time in Wootton Bassett
The Bailiwick Of Ogbourne
Ogburn genealogical Information USA
House of Ogburn Reunion Norfolk VA 2006
Samuel Ogborne
Royal Pardon for Murder
John Ogbourne Peking 1860
John de Okebourne 1364, compensated for being maimed.
Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn by John Ogborne
Sara Ogborne of Marshfield, Glos
House of Ogburn First Reunion, 1942
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Trinity Green Almshouses
Trinity Green Almshouses

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.

King Edward III after Michael Vandergucht line engraving, late 17th century NPG D23698 © National Portrait Gallery, London 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

Montgomery County Tennessee USA
Montgomery County Tennessee USA Ogburn Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

We go back a long way:

Rectors of Upton, Northampton
Rectors of Upton, Northampton – Click for larger image. Scene of the marriage of Louise Ogbourne in 2008

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.

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  1. Hi please contact me. I’m a direct descendant of the Somerset ogborns from Winscombe. Haven’t done work on my family tree for some years but I am directly related to John whose will is on this site. All the men in the family had names beginning with J.

  2. Hi,
    I seem to have Ogbourne links to Hillingdon. The most recent male link is Samuel Ogbourne b 1714 and married Bethia Seymour. Their daughter married an Ive. There seem to be a couple of trees online but I am trying to fill in the gaps and make sure it is as accurate as I can get it.
    Thanks very much

  3. I am a South African whose maternal grandfather was John Ogbourne. My mother’s maiden name was Elizabeth Bertha Ogbourne born in Durban on 21/01/1915. She had 2 brothers Thomas Ogbourne and John Ogbourne.
    I have not traced my family tree and only know that he was a sailor from England. He met my grandmother on the island of Saint Helena.
    I provide this information in the hope that it will be if help to others of the same name

    1. I know a little of the St Helena ‘OGBORN’ who was in charge of the local Police, I understand the Police house is named after him on St Helena. He retired to Weston-Super-Mare and had a business delivering newspapers (He employed lots of local children to do this)
      I think he was also chief of Police in Berlin after WW1
      All this is hazy but I think I have the jist of it correct.
      He was one of twelve children born in Hanham Bristol, the house was one room down and one room up!!

      1. We have found information on Charles William Drury Ogborn who went to St Helena in the mid 1950s as a police officer. He was born in 1904 so was maybe in Berlin after WW2.

    2. My mother is Maureen Ann Ogbourne. Her father was Tom Ogbourne. His father was an English sailor, also Tom. His mother was Bertha Ogbourne (need Knipe).

      1. Hi Neil

        I’m interested in your comment on ogbourne.com website, can you say which area (of uk?) your Ogbourne ancestors you mention came from ? I have a number of Ogb*rn* family trees.

  4. Dr. Scott Alexander Ogburn, Ph.D. in Sacred
    Architecture, Adjunct Assistant Professor
    of Architecture and Computer-Aided-Design
    in several Philadelphia Universities and Colleges. Dr. S. A. Ogburn, Ph.D. also has a Residential Architecture and Sacred Architecture private practice in Pennsburg, PA
    18073. Dr. S. A. Ogburn, Ph.D. is the son of
    Dr. Hugh Bell Ogburn, Ph. D. In Chemical
    Engineering from Princeton University.
    Dr. Hugh Bell Ogburn, Ph.D. is the son of
    Dr. Sihon Cicero Ogburn, Jr. Ph.D. in Chemical
    Engineering from the Universitu of North Carolina. Dr. Hugh Bell Ohburn, Ph.D. served
    as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in World War II
    as Damage Control Officer on the Battleship
    U.S.S. California fighting in several Naval
    Battles in the Pacific Theater in WW II.

  5. I was married to Norman Keith Ogbourne 1979 We have one daughter Gillian Ann Ogbourne . Norman died at 63 years old in 1995. He had been married twice before. His 2nd wife Linda Carol and he had one son Grant Keith Ogbourne who lives in Australia. His first wife in England had twin boys and another boy and one girl. Norman was one of 4 children to William and beatrice Lillian Ogbourne in Swindon Purton Wiltshire? Norman served in Africa as a solider for 3 years until he was 21 .

      1. You & my brother (Micheal Ogbourne) who passed away share the same name! so we more than likely related! Thanks for sharing & God bless you in 2023

    1. Book online – Ogburn: A Collection of Genealogical Information About the Ogburn Family in the United States
      Page 288 lists the whole Ogburn family
      Pages 136, 180:
      Stephenson Ogburn (Ogbaurn). Page 180, Johnston County, North Carolina, United States, Book O-2, page 111, deed, 1828, from John Ogburn, Johnston County, to Stephenson Ogburn, son of John. Page 180, Johnston County, North Carolina, United States, Book P-2, page 2, deed, 1830, to Stephenson. 1833 Tax list Johnston County, North Carolina: John Ogborne, 310 acres, Stephen Ogburn 450 acres. Book S-2, page 119, witness of deed to Calvin in 1834 for 100 acres. Tax list: 450 acres in 1836, 430 acres in 1848 and 430 acres in 1855 (Stephenson OGBORN).

  6. I have John Ogborn in the early 1600′ s and sister Sarah (left NJ) went back to England. Can’t find John’s wife by name anywhere. Anything comes up to link John to England would be the best thing I have seen in my 32 years of searching.

    1. See Sarah’s Will on this site. I believe we go back to a family in the City of London. William who becomes Sheriff John and Samuel off to America. Isaac, Mary Remain. Their Father was William a Carpenter. Mothers name was Mary.

      1. It is a pity that in her will Sarah doesn’t say what relationship these folks were to her:

        Robert Ogborne Benjamin Ogborne Mary Ogborne Ann Ogbourne and Elizabeth Ogborne sons and Daughters of Nathaniel Ogborne of Chipping Sodbury
        I’m wokring on finding more information, but it seems to me Sarah returned with her mother from America to the area in which they were born, and if so it would be likely that this was John Ogborne’s home area , BUT we have 2 john Ogbornes in America in the late 17th century, are they one man or 2 ?

        1. Two: Father and Son. William, John Jr’s brother is my line. John Jr. had three daughters. The family is from up around the NW corner of the City of London. I sure a Lot of records were destroyed in the Parishes affected by the Great Fire in 1666.

  7. My Grandmother was an Indiana born Ogborn. Her grandfather was Dr. Job Ogborn, who graduated from Kentucky Medical College in 1853 and practiced in west central Indiana until his death in 1914 – I have traced the Ogborn lineage back through William Ogborn of New Jersey, Caleb Ogborn, John Ogborne of New Jersey, and his father John Ogborne of England who married Anna Kendall – not sure we descended from Samuel or John Ogborne, both born circa 1600. My great grandparents, Edward and Bertha Ogborn are buried in Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

    1. You. Like I are related to John. Samuel, I believe is his brother. Though no interaction between the two seems to have taken place once they got here in America. Your talking Quaker colonists with the same name. Who I think go back to a family in Middlesex Stepney Co. These people survived not only the plague in 1665, then the Great Fire in 1666. William the father had four sons and two daughters. William the oldest stays and becomes Sheriff of London. Clearly not a Quaker convert. However, John and Samuel off to America . The remaining three children Isaac, Mary and Sarah stay. I wonder how extensive the fire of 1666 affected great deal of parish records

    2. Hi Cousin! You are from John’s side like I am. Samuel I believe was his brother. Though some common friends of both are mentioned in transactions. The two never seemed to associate.

  8. I am helping the Wargrave Branch of the Royal British Legion in finding living relatives of those named on the Roll of Honour on the Wargrave War Memorial.
    Harry Ogbourne, of Wargrave, Berkshire who died aged 26 on 20th May 1918 is one of those named. Harry may well have had a brother named William and a sister called Elsie Sarah, both were born in Wargrave.
    Can anyone help?

  9. Several of the OGBORN in HANHAM had property’s on JEFFRIES HILL BOTTOM, My older brother John Ogborn has researched this branch of the family back as far as the 1860’s . At the moment my brother is very busy but he hopes to make his modest efforts available in the next few months.

  10. My grandfather, Archie Ogburn, came with his family by covered wagon in the 1850’s and settled in Shingletown, CA in Lassen County. The story I have been told is that there were 3 brothers and their families who headed west from one of the Carolinas – I am thinking there names were John, Charles and Jeff. There is a cemetery today called the Ogburn-Inwood Cemetery where all the California Ogburns are buried. There are books commenting on all the people buried there. Does anyone have information on who these Ogburns came from?

  11. Daughter of Constance Jane Ogborn, daughter of Roland Arthur Ogborn from Ohio River Valley, USA. Appreciate any info regarding where from in the UK.

    1. Kelly, it seems we all originate from the village of Ogborn St George near the city of Swindon.Not a bad place to come especially this time of year when the county side is at its best

  12. I have been working on the Ogbourne/Ogburn family for over 20 years and do not know who Simon Ogbourne, b. abt. 1588 in England and d. 9 Nov 1670, married about 1618 in England. His children were Anne, Symon, Susanna and Nicholas. I need sources. I have Fielding’s Ogburn Collection in the USA and many sources for Lieutenant Symon Ogbourne.

    1. The information which I have on Symon is contained in https://www.ogbourne.com/early-settlers-in-the-usa/symon-ogbourne-1652-early-settler-in-virginia-usa/ which has a link to a further page on his probable origins in Gloucester, UK. I’ve spent time in the Gloucester records office hoping to find more. The Symon who settled in Virginia I think is more likely to have been a brother to Anne and Susanna. Gaps in the registers around the 1620s for the church where Anne and Susanna were baptised maybe the reason a baptism for Symon around that time hasn’t been found.

  13. How lovely to find this. My father now deceased researched a lot on the Ogborne name and variations when he was alive. Writing to many people and collecting a variety of information. I will now refer to all his research and sources/materials and will enjoy tying up all that he has found and will enjoy this site.
    Many Thanks
    Jayne Ogborne, Wales.
    Descended from William Ogborn 1706 Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey,England

    1. Good to hear from you Jayne, I’ll drop you a line direct – I’m also interested in the family you refer to.

    2. Hello, I, too, am an Ogborne. My grandfather Herbert William Ogborne came from the Bristol region in England and moved to Canada in 1921 as his 2 sisters had moved here previously (Lillie and Ivy)

  14. Coming to this late, sorry folks. John Lee 1811, mentioned a few time here over the years in respect of OSG is my 3rd Great Grandfather. I’ve gone back as far as I can get the Lees so if anyone can steer me beyond Daniel 1715 I would appreciate it.
    Meantime I’m born and bred in Whitehaven, Cumberland. My Gt Grandfather who we all took to be irish because he adopted the name Madrick was in fact William Henry Lee. If that is of interest to anyone i am happy to fill in any blanks I can.

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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