name Averitt comes from the Germanic personal name Eberhard.
Averitt 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 Averitt 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 Averitt family
The surname Averitt 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 Averitt family
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Averitt Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Averitt were recorded, including Everett, Everatt, Everet and others.
Early Notables of the Averitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Averitt family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Averitt family emigrate to North America: 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 Averitt (post 1700)
- William Rodney "Bird" Averitt (b. 1952), retired American ABA and NBA basketball player
- Barry Kip Averitt (b. 1954), American politician, former Republican member of the Texas Senate (2002-2010)
- Thurman Averitt, American founder of Averitt Express, a privately owned transportation and supply chain management company in Cookeville, Tennessee