The name Offertone is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in the region of Overton
in various counties throughout England
. Offertone 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 Offertone family
The surname Offertone 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 Offertone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Offertone 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 Offertone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Offertone 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 Offertone were recorded, including Overton, Oferton, Overtone and others.
Early Notables of the Offertone 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 Offertone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Offertone 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 Offertone family emigrate to North America: 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..