Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday Symbol: Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F)

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is one of the largest and oldest fraternal orders in the United States. Odd Fellowship was founded in England where it grew up during the 18th century. The Patriotic Order in England was followed by the Union of United Orders and the Loyal Order. In 1813, various lodges of the Union Order organized the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows.

American Odd Fellowship was founded as the Washington Lodge #1 in Baltimore in 1819, and the following year affiliated with the Manchester Unity.

The three links of Odd Fellowship's symbol represent Friendship, Love, and Truth. (Credits for this information)

The above FLT Chain is the most common I have seen.  Sometimes with the letters most often without them.

Different emblems this link includes the female side of the organization, the Rebekahs, also.


  1. I've seen quite a few IOOF Cemeteries and symbols and never knew what they were until recently!

  2. Does one have to be "odd" to join, or is Odd some British surname? What's the deal?

  3. According to their website it was deemed "odd" to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need without recognition and pursuing projects for the benefits of all mankind. All members "believes in a Supreme Being, the creator and preserver of the Universe."