As I understand it, most N.American Osmon, Osman, Osmun and Ozmun families of today originated from Southold,Long Island New York abt. 1636/40. According to most researchers, we are all long lost cousins.I have our Thomas Osman w/wife Margaret Youngs(he later married another Martha Purrier by 1653) and at least two sons Thomas Jr.(d.young in 1639) and John (later m. Mary Wines) came from England at this time during the "Great Migration" of Puritans to New England. Most descendands of John and Mary were in long Island, N.Y, New Jersey and Pennsylvania by early 1700's and Upper New York, Ohio and beyond by early 1800's.The name was generally spelled Osmond/Osmund/Osment/Osman/etc. in England in the sixteenth century and in one form or another goes back to at least the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. The name Osmund/Osmond means divine protector, God'd protector or divine protection. The earliest reference in England that I have found is St. Osmund, the Bishop of Salisbury who was William the Conqueror's nephew and peronal chaplain.There is also evidence that St. Osmund was the main compiler and scribe of the famous Domesday Books.Ancient Osmond/Osmund family holdings in England are supposedly listed in the Domesday Books. Many relatives, land tenants and other people close to the high ranking Bishop may have taken his first name as their family name as was a common practice of the time so as to be protected by his powerful position and name. As well it is probable that other Normans crossed the English channel in 1066 with that name.It is suspected that Osmund/Osmund etc.originated from the Viking raiders who eventually settled Normandy in the tenth century. (Normandy means land of the Northmen). William the Conqueror was of Viking descent as were most of the Norman invaders. Despite all this it is also possible that the name Osmund/Osmond in some form was present in England from earlier Viking raiders long before the Norman invasion. The fact that Osman is common in Turkey and the East is simply a coincidence and probably of no consequence to our families. Our ancestors were probably Norse in origan and from much and harsher climes to the north. Search the internet for St. Osmund Bishop of Salisbury for more info on this person. E-mail me privately if you need more details of the persons named above.