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The Osborn Name

 

The name Osborn is of Norse origin and the word means "God-bearer" or "Doer of Good." Like so many other family names it has been tossed around from country to country and family to family over the centuries until there are many variations in the spelling of the name.

The Norse form in the 16th century was Ozbun. Scandanavian spelling was Aisbiorn or Aasbjorn. Both Osborn and Osborne became prevalent in England and later in America.

Some of the early members of the family brought the Norse form Ozbun to America which gradually evolved into Osbon or Osborne. Either of these forms is now recognized as the proper spelling by most of the family in this country. Some branches of the family use one form and some the other and it is not uncommon for both spellings to appear in the same family. It is found that some few of the family still use the Ozbun.

In fact the variation in spelling has been such that there are over 30 known ways in which the name has been spelled, all of which sound much alike when the name is pronounced:

Aasbjorn
Asbiorn
Ashborn
Ausborn
Orsband
Orsbern
Orsborn
Orsborne
Orsbourn
Orsbund
Orsburn
Osbern
Osbin
Osboarn
Osbon
Osbone
Osborn
Osborne
Osbourn
Osbourne
Osbun
Osburn
Ozbern
Ozbon
Ozborn
Ozbourn
Ozbum
Ozbun
Ozburn
Ozburne
Ozsborn

Adapted from "Mathew Osborn and His Family" by Frederic Verne Osborn

OSBORN LINE

OSBORN HISTORY

MATHEW OZBUN I

WILL OF MATHEW OZBUN I

MATHEW OZBUN II

WILLIAM OSBORN

WILL OF WILLIAM OSBORN

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