Last name: Odom

This is the patronymic form of the personal name "Odam", meaning "son of Odam". It is an interesting and unusual name with a very specific and clear derivation. In Old English pre 7th Century the word "athum" meant "son-in-law" and in Middle English had become "Odam". Both were apparently used as nicknames to distinguish a man who had made a particularly good match for himself by marrying the daughter of a leading citizen in the local community. An Edward Ondham (a corruption of the name) is recorded as a resident of St. Lucys Parish, Barbados in 1679. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Odam. which was dated 1313, in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire. during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Linda King-Rice
My birth name is Odom. I always thought this was an uncommon name; but I guess not. My father was born in Alabama, and we still have relatives there. We currently live in MA. Glad to know that I probably have distant relatives all over the world.

Lee Odom
South Mississippi says hello Odoms!

Brigitte Ross (paternal Grandma's maiden name)
Obvious that there are a lot of people in the south with the surname- Odom. My grandmother is from Alabama. Don't ask me what town. All I know it was in the county!! I will tell my Grandma I saw people on- line with last name of Odom!!

odominatrixx
xD im an Odom 2 :D i live in mexico xD ..

landon Odom
What is up fellow Odom's around the world, glad to see that we have so many of us running around. And who knows? Maybe some of us are actually related some how. Small world.

Nicholas
The real truth is that Odom is a Nigerian name. The name Odom originated from Ezza region in Ebonyi State Nigeria

Lonnie
No. That is false.

Crystal
I was told that as well that it is nigerian. But my Great grand parents were slaves in Barnwell county, South Carolina in the 1800's and 1900's. There were 7 odom white brothers who moved to Barnwell looking for a plantation to purchase. I can only assume that my great grandparents were their slaves.

Rufus odom

Slavery in AMERICA (USA) ended in 1865

Jessa Odom
That's really neat!!! I'm marrying an Odom and its kina funny to see that they were Catholics, I was raised Catholic, but my fiance (odom) isn't. Really neat.

Robyn Odom
I read a statistic that said "ODOM" was the 937 most common name in the U.S. am an ODOM too

tara
my maiden name is odom...i grew up in louisiana but had many family members in texas.

M.Odom
My last name is odom... ppl always mispell or mispronounce.

w. odom
yes they do. i married into the odom family. when i met my husband i spelled odom as "odum". i thought he would throw a fit! lol.

O. Odom
Hello from SF, CA (:

RonOdom
don't confuse the spelling, us Odoms, and those Odums and Odems are different clans.

D Odom
Hey, I'm an Odom from SE Texas! Most of us probably are related, down the line! There is even an Odom Family Association here in America! And you should all look up Odomville :)