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Origin of the Ogles in England

The name Ogle and its many derivations are so ancient that the exact origin, spelling and true meaning of the name may be lost in antiquity.

The name Ogle may have come from the Celts who immigrated from Western Europe to the British Isles as early as 1000 BC. The Swedish name Ogell, which existed in the eighth century, may have been the source of our name. Some researchers believe that the name Ogle, or its equivalent, was Gotho-Scandinavian, possibly from Jutland.

 

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Rugged Northumberland has always been a buffer between Scotland and the rest of England. Here are some castles, cities and important sites
closely related to the Ogle history in Northumberland.

Sir Henry A. Ogle, Baronet, noted author of Ogle and Bothal, printed in England in 1902, concluded "… that a person named Ogle, or its equivalent, gave his name to the place which was apparently before the year 1066, in possession of one whose son's surname was the same at the place name."

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Present-day Ogle Castle (manor house)
Photo Courtesy of Wayne Ogle

The first identified Ogle or Hoggell ancestor among the English, a Humphrey de Ogle, was, in about the eleventh century, granted, "all such lands and liberties as he or any of his predecessors had before the coming of the Normans." Therefore, knowing who his "predecessors" were was of prime importance to Humphrey de Ogle, a Saxon, because it enabled him to regain his land from the Norman conquerors of England.

Historians record that in Northumberland only a handful of Saxon families survived the Norman takeover. The Ogles of Ogle (a small hamlet) and the Roddams of Roddam, who probably did homage for their lands, were among the few survivors.

The history of the Ogles in England, during the 600 years following the landing of William the Conqueror in 1066, is rich and colorful. The Ogles' history kept close pace with events in Northumberland--the wild border region between Scotland and England -- where the Ogles originated, expanded and flourished.

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Scores of English Border families in Northumberland held their lands in fief of the king for wars and raids on the Scottish Border. Many Ogles were knighted for service to Crown and Country. At least seven lords and thirty knights descended from Humphrey Ogle, Esq. Most Ogles and Ogleses in America are very likely descendants of King Edward I through the children of Sir Robert Ogle (1380-1436) of Ogle Castle and Matilda (Maude) Grey, daughter of Sir Thomas Grey of Heton. Matilda, a descendant of King Edward I, married Sir Robert in 1399. They had several children.

The Ogle coat of arms contains a silver background with a red crossband between three red crescents.

The Ogle motto is:
Prenez en Gré 
"Accept in Gratitude"

 

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