History does funny things to names, sometimes giving letters, sometimes losing them. Oseland has lost its "t". The original derivation is from the village of Tozeland, near St. Neobs, in the former county of Huntingdon. the name means "one resident at the land used for teasle growing", the teasle being used in the textile to raise the nap on the cloth. Locational names were given to former inhabitants who moved to another area, this system in itself guaranteeing that spelling mistakes were common. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Simon Tosland. which was dated 1750, Married at St. Georges, Hanover square, London. during the reign of King George II, The Last Warrior King, 1727 - 1760. 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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