name Ofertome comes from the family having resided in the region of Overton
in various counties throughout England
. Ofertome is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Ofertome family
The surname Ofertome was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Ofertome family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ofertome research.Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1525, 1609, 1580, 1609, 1599, 1664, 1609 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Ofertome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ofertome Spelling Variations
Ofertome has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Overton, Oferton, Overtone and others.
Early Notables of the Ofertome family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Overton (c.1525-1609), an English clergyman, Bishop of Lichfield (1580-1609); Richard Overton (c.
1599-1664), an English pamphleteer and Leveller during the English Civil War... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ofertome Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ofertome family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ofertomes to arrive on North American shores: John Overton and his wife Mary, who came to Virginia in 1654; John Overton, who settled in Barbados in 1693; as well as Robert and Samuel Overton, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1850..