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The earliest origins of the name Everson date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the personal names Evot or Everard. The surname Everson features the common suffix -son, which superseded all other patronymic suffixes as the dominant form during the 14th century and was most common in the north of England.

Early Origins of the Everson family

The surname Everson was first found in Yorkshire where the first record of the family was William Evoteson who was listed there in 1325. [1]

John of Eversden or Everisden (fl. 1300), was an early English chronicler, "presumably a native of one of the two villages of the name near Caxton, Cambridgeshire. He entered the Benedictine order, having been tonsured in 1255, and became a member of the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds. He was cellarer there in 1300, when he made a 'valida expeditio' into Northamptonshire to carry out a claim of his monastery on the manor of Werketon." [2]

Today Great Eversden and Little Eversden are parishes in the union of Caxton and Arrington, hundred of Longstow, Cambridgeshire. [3]

Early History of the Everson family

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Everson Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Everson include Everson, Eversen and others.

Early Notables of the Everson family (pre 1700)

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Everson Ranking

In the United States, the name Everson is the 4,579th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [4]

United States Everson migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Everson or a variant listed above:

Everson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Matthew Everson, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Mathew Everson, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [5]
  • Jacob Everson, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [5]
Everson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Captain Everson who settled in Boston in 1763
Everson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anders Everson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803 [5]
  • Nicholas Everson, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • William, Everson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [5]
  • Richard Everson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843 [5]
  • Mary Everson, who arrived in Minnesota in 1862 [5]

Canada Everson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Everson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Everson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. John Everson U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Williamsburgh, South Dundas, Ontario c. 1784 he served in the King's Royal Rangers of New York [6]

Australia Everson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Everson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Everson, (b. 1801), aged 32, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years for breaking and entering, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1860 [7]
  • Catherine Everson, aged 34, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [8]
  • Maria Everson, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Everson (post 1700) +

  • Michael Everson (b. 1963), American linguist, script encoder, typesetter, and font designer, best known for his Unicode font and Everson Mono
  • Mark W. Everson (b. 1954), American Commissioner of Internal Revenue
  • Cory Everson (b. 1958), stage name of Corinna Kneuer, an American female bodybuilder
  • William Everson (1912-1994), also known as Brother Antoninus, an American poet of the Beat generation and was also an author, literary critic and small press printer
  • Richard Hugh Everson (1945-1999), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1992-99 [10]
  • Melvin Everson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2008 [10]
  • Harland E. Everson, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly 38th District; Elected 1974 [10]
  • Gary L. Everson, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates; Elected 1972 [10]
  • E. H. Everson, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 16th District, 1923-26 [10]
  • Sir Frederick Everson, English Oil Company Chairman
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  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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  6. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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  8. South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved
  9. South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord of the Isles 1854. Retrieved
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook