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The recent history of the name Odley (pronounced ODD-LEIGH) derives from romany heritage and therefore recent records are difficult to verify.  

In earlier times, there is  evidence of a Jacob Odley acting as a shaporone/body gaurd to a female refugee and her baby as she fled Judia in 41AD. It has been speculated by some that this refugee was Mary Magdelen who was fleeing the area with her daughter Sara. The validity of these claims have still to be accepted by mainsteam academics.

Interestingly, the earliest undisputed historical record of the name Odley that I have uncovered is in a register of low ranking officials that were present at the meeting of The Council of Narcia in 325AD.  K M Odley was a scribe and charged with the task of recording the councils votes. 

Thereafter confirmed records of the Odley family name are scant, at least untill the early 1700's by which time and subsequently Odley's appear regularly in local birth, death & marriage records of numerous countries around the world with particular concentration in the western hemispere.


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The nationality of Odley is often complicated to determine in cases which regional boundaries change over time, making the nation of origin a mystery. The original ethnicity of Odley may be in dispute depending on whether the surname came about naturally and independently in multiple locales; e.g. in the case of family names that are based on professions, which can appear in multiple countries independently (such as the family name "Carpenter" which was given to woodworkers).

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The meaning of Odley come may come from a craft, such as the name "Carpenter" which was given to woodworkers. Some of these craft-based surnames might be a profession in some other language. For this reason it is important to research the country of origin of a name, and the languages used by its family members. Many modern names like Odley originate from religious texts such as the Bible, the Bhagavadgītā, the Quran, and other related texts. In many cases these surnames are shortened versions of a religious sentiment such as "From the ash tree".

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Surnames like Odley vary in how they're spelled as they travel across tribes, family unions, and languages across time. In early history when few people could write, names such as Odley were transcribed based on how they were heard by a scribe when people's names were recorded in official records. This could have given rise misspellings of Odley. Researching misspellings and alternate spellings of the Odley last name are important to understanding the possible origins of the name.

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