Osman Family

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Catherine Machan Martin

When you were very young and lamps turned down low,
you listened to all the stories of people you got to know.

The names of which stayed to haunt you,
as years began to pile and you wished with all your heart,
that all those years had stayed a litte while.

Your hair turns gray and the stories of those people
that should fade with time, only makes
you wished you could hear the voice of that someone you loved,
to come and tell you all the things;
you wished that you had asked.

You repeat those stories for the very young,
and you hope they will remember,
and someday down the line,
they too will tell the stories,
and those younger will remember.

And your life was not forenot,
And in heaven you will find,
The name of that long lost ancestor, you just never could find!

Osman/Osmond/Osmund/Osmun and it's meanings

The name OSMAN originated in Eygpt in 400 b.c. Many are named Osman, including the son-in-law of the late Anwar Sadat.

Once, with a dutch marriage for John Asman 25 Jan 1705 DRC NYC to Wyntje Breyend Noah Good, a german Mennonite, told me, "The name Osmun, is a good Dutch Name!" It is thought that it is of dutch or german origin. Almost all the immigrants found in this country in the 1900 Federal census gave their home country as Turkey, Germany, and a few from Sweden or England.

Encylopedia Britannica says: Osmanli, the tribal name of the Turks of the Ottman empire. It includes a heterogeneous group of peoples, the original conquering Osmanli having mixed very considerbly with the conquered peoples, until physically they have ceased to have a definite separate existence. Osman 1 (d.1326) is regarded as the founder of the Ottoman state. The collapse, in years around 1300, of the Byzantine frontier defenses in Western Asia Minor led to the establishment of a number of Turkish amirates in that region, inluding of Sogut established by Osman's father Ertughrul. With Sogut as a base Osman and the Muslim frontier warriors under his command- warriors (ghazis) devoted to the ideals of the ghaza (Razzia) against the Christian infidel-waged a slow and stubborn conflict with the Byzantines, who sought to defend the restricted territories still left to them along and in the hinterland of the Asiatic shore opposite Constantinople. Ottoman control was extended gradually to embace at first a number of local fortresses, including Yenishehir. The fall of Yenishehir gave the Ottomans the strong base for further advances westward toward Bursa and northward in the direction of Nicaea (Iznik). As yet the ottomans had not the resources to win by direct assault such well-fortified Byzantine towns. Their method was to maintain around them a more or less permanent military and economic blockade. The great success of the reign was the capitulation of Bursa, which yielded, according to the Ottoman chronicles, in 1326. Osman died at Sogut shortly afterward.

Osmunda, a genus of rather coarse but attractive deep-rooted ferns with variously divided fronds growing to five feet in large crowns, the spore-bearing segments much contracted and forming panicles. The cinnamon fern, the interrupted fern and the royal fern are native to and widespread in North America and Asia. They are excellent ferns for the garden but should be given ample water and good drainage. The matted fibrous roots constitute osmunda fibre, osmundine or orchid peat, which is broken up and used as rooting medium for epiphytic orchids.

There is a metal "Osmium associated with platinum, so named because of the acrid odor of its oxide." There is a town called "Osmanjik" in Turkey with a population of 4,000 (1945)

The English carry the name Osmond. According to a 15th century document, Saint Osmond was the nephew of William, the Conqueror, and author of the Domesday Books, was probably the first one to carry the name Osmond in England.

He certainly accompanied the Normans to England, when he was William's Chaplain. St. Osmund died 3/4 December 1099 in England, a Norman priest, was Chancellor of England 1072-78; bishop of Salisbury 1078-99. A later document states, probably inaccurately, that he was Earl of Dorset. He completed and consecrated the cathedral at Old Sarum, Wiltshire in 1092 and organized a cathedral chapter of secular canons similar to Norman Chapters, which were copied by other English Cathedrals. His litururgical reforms became the basis for the later "Old Sarum" liturgy used throughout the Britist Isles.

After Osmund was canonized 1 January 1457, his remains were removed from Old Sarum to Salisbury Cathedral. His feast day is 4 December.

Many references to the name in the Doomsday Book, (a listing of inhabitants that owned land in England) were in Derbyshire, Somerset, Leichestershire and Nottingham.

Osman from Osmund, "god protector"; Osman, Osmon, Osmun (English) Desc. Osmund (divine protection); Eshmun also Asmun, Ashmun, Esmun, Phoenician divinity, companion of the mother goddess Astarte (Ashtoreh) and indentifiable with Tammuz and Adonis; Osman, Osmond, Osmund, Osment, Osmint, Osmon, Osmand, Osmun.--- bapt. "the son of Osmond," "the Scandivanian Asmundr; cf. Wyman of Wymond, and Mayman of Maymond. This personal name gave rise to several local names; v. Osmotherly; and cf:]

John de Osmundeton Co. Norfolk 1273 A
Geoffrey Osmund Co. Devon 1273 A
Nicholas Osmemund Co. Suffolk 1273 A
Richard Osmond Co. Middlesex 1313 M
John Osmond Co. Herthford 1315 m. 1603
bur. Thomas Osmond St. Thomas the Apostle (London) pg 104
1649 m. Wm. Bannister and Margaret Osman ibid pg 18
Edward s/o Edward 1658 Reg. Broad Chalke,County Wilts p68
John s/o Edward 1660 ibid
Grance s/o Edward 1663 ibid
1778 Charles Ballard m. Sarah Osmon at St. George Hanover Square 2:18

Called Osmond in Liverpool, Osman in Philadelphia and Boston U.S., Osmond, in Newfoundland - this name also appears as Osment and Osmand of Jersey Island. (The Quiet Adventurers in Canada by Marion G. Turk. 1979 pg 452)

Towns named Esmond/Osmond/Osman

Esmond, postoffice ville of Dekalb Co. Ill. pg 75 (1900)

Esmond, postoffice village of Kingsbury Co. S.D. 9 miles by rail S. and E. of Iroquois.

Osmond, Nebraska supposedly named by the President of the Pacific Shortline Railroad, Donald McLean in 1890. He supposedly named it for friends he had back east. You will see that McLean is a family name through the John Osmun (1772-1845) family. The German settlers laughed when they heard the name as the name in German means, "Ass Men, men who raise donkeys". It is in Pierce Co. on the Great Northern R.R. 12 N. of Pierce pg 501 (1900)

Osman, postoffice, hamlet of Adams Co. Ohio 25 miles N. of Portsmouth.

Osman, postoffice, village of Moountownpe Co. Wisconsin 7 miles W. of Centerville. Ref. Complete Pronouncing Gazateer or Geographical Dictionary of the World. published J.B. Lippincott Co., 1905,1911,1922.

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