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Re: origin of last name
Posted by: Terry D. Ownby Date: January 05, 2000 at 15:39:51
In Reply to: origin of last name by Josh Owensby of 302

All "Ownby" variations (Owensby, Owenby, Onby, etc.) derive from one source in central England (although many lived in Wales, also). From about 750 A.D. to 1050 A.D., Norse Vikings were raiding England. One viking named Aun, settled in what is now known as Licolnshire, England.
Norse place-name endings were "by", which meant "a farm, or farmstead". So, when we trace our name (all variations) it comes from Aun's By or Aunby --- meaning: Aun's farm.

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