The surname is found as Ogbourne, Ogborne, Ogborn, or Ogburn in parish registers and other records . The spelling will be sometimes found to change for the same person at different times when the person themselves may not have been able to write. For this reason we recommend regarding them as the same name.
The areas in which numbers of Ogb*rn* families have lived for several centuries are as follows:
- Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire and neighbouring towns/villages from the 16th century onwards, and also extending into areas of London in the late 19th century and later.
- Nempnett Thrubwell, Somerset and surrounding area since the 17th century onwards, including the villages of Wrington, Butcombe, Winford, Chew Stoke,Ubley. Most Ogbornes in Bristol originate in this area.
- Thornbury in Gloucestershire, including some Quakers in Chipping Sodbury.
- Kingston on Thames, Surrey. Some from this area settled in South Wales.
- Berkshire – a branch of which settled in Merseyside
- London area, particularly 17th and 18th centuries.
The editor of this website maintains a number of family trees for Ogb*rn*s living in the above areas which are accessible to those using Ancestry website. Some are extensive, and a few represent work in progress
The Somerset Ogbornes who included a very successful family of Ploughmen all appear to be descended from William Ogbourne who seems to have been an in-comer to the area and married Sarah Wedmore at Nempnett Thrubwell in 1657. No Ogbornes were recorded in church registers in any of the villages in the area before this wedding record. William may have come from Wootton Bassett.(Grandson of Peter Ogbourne)
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There are a number of family histories kept on ancestry.co.uk including ones maintained by the author of this website, who is happy to respond to requests for information.