It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Averett was formed. The name was derived from the Germanic personal name Eberhard.
Averett is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes. The surname Averett comes from the Germanic given name Eberhard, which was composed of the elements eber
which mean wild boar
and brave, hardy,
This surname first appeared in England
, where members of this family had lived since before the Norman invasion
Early Origins of the Averett family
The surname Averett was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Averett family
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Averett Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Averett include Everett, Everatt, Everet and others.
Early Notables of the Averett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Averett family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Averett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Clement Everet who settled in Virginia in 1654; John Everet settled in New England
in 1654; Andrew Everett settled in Maine in 1630; Christopher Everett settled in Virginia in 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Averett (post 1700)
- Thomas Hamlet Averett (1800-1855), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1849-1853)