Over History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Over surname is generally thought to be a habitational name, taken on from one of several places named Over, or Ower in Britain, such as Over in Cambridgeshire, in Cheshire and in Derbyshire. These place names are derived from the Old English "ofer," meaning "seashore," or "riverbank."

Early Origins of the Over family

The surname Over was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Over, held by Earl Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester and the northwest, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Over family

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Over Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: over, overs and others.

Early Notables of the Over family (pre 1700)

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United States Over migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Over Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Over, a bonded passenger who settled in Barbados in 1672
  • Andrew Over, who arrived in Maryland in 1681
Over Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Mary Over, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Henry Over, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1729
  • Anna Mary Over, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729 [2]
  • Jacob Over, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [2]
  • James Over, a child apprentice, sent to Barbados in 1750

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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