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Early Origins of the Oakover family

The surname Oakover was first found in Staffordshire where "this venerable and knightly family are lineal descendants of Ormus, who at the period of the Norman Conquest was lord of Okeover by grant of Nigel, abbot of Burton. During the long period of almost eight hundred years, they flourished uninterruptedly upon that estate." [1] [2] Okeover Hall is a privately owned country house held by the family since the reign of William Rufus (1087-1100.) Another branch of the family was found at Atlow in Derbyshire. "The manor [of Atlow] once belonged to Henry de Ferrars, and was held under him or his immediate heirs by the ancestor of the ancient family of Okeover." [3]

Early History of the Oakover family

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Oakover Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Okeover, Okover, Ockover, Ogover, Oggover and many more.

Early Notables of the Oakover family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Oakover family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook