Overend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Overend surname comes from the Middle English words "overe," or "uvere," meaning "upper," and "end." It was thought to have been a topographic name for someone who lived at the "upper end" of a settlement.

Early Origins of the Overend family

The surname Overend was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Michael Overend was recorded with estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Overend family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Overend research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1379, 1694, 1455, 1487 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Overend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Overend Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Overend, Ovrend, Overen, Ouvren, Ouverend and many more.

Early Notables of the Overend family (pre 1700)

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Overend migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Overend Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joshua and his wife Mary Overend, who arrived in Savanah, Georgia in 1733
  • Joshua Overend, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733 [1]
  • Mary Overend, who arrived in Georgia in 1733 [1]
Overend Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Overend, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • William Overend, who was on record in New York in 1812
  • John W Overend, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]

Overend migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Overend Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Overend, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Overend migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Overend Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Overend, aged 25, a joiner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Overend, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • James Henry Overend, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Mr. Nathan Overend, (b. 1832), aged 27, English bricklayer, from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [2]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Overend, (b. 1834), aged 25, English settler, from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Overend (post 1700)

  • Enmund Overend (b. 1955), American gold and bronze medalist mountain biker
  • Edmund F. Overend, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the American Volunteer Group, during World War II, credited with 9 aerial victories
  • Jonathan Overend, English radio journalist for BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Robert Overend (1930-2017), Northern Irish farmer, businessman and Unionist politician, Member for Mid- Ulster (1975-1976)
  • Sandra Overend, British Ulster Unionist Party politician in Northern Ireland
  • Jonathan Magri Overend (b. 1970), Maltese professional footballer
  • Professor William Overend, British Chemistry Professor at the University of London
  • Best Overend (1909-1977), Australian architect
  • Peter Overend Watts (1947-2017), English bass guitar player and founding member of 1970s rock band, Mott the Hoople

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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