The name Offertoomb first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the region of Overton
in various counties throughout England
. Offertoomb 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 Offertoomb family
The surname Offertoomb 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 Offertoomb family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Offertoomb 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 Offertoomb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Offertoomb Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Offertoomb has appeared include Overton, Oferton, Overtone and others.
Early Notables of the Offertoomb 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 Offertoomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Offertoomb family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Offertoomb arrived in North America very early: 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..