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Overall is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Overall family lived the Old French word Avril, meaning April. The name would have initially been given to a child born in the month of April.
The surname Overall was first found in Gloucestershire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Avril, who landed with William the Conqueror.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Averell, Averall, Avrill, Avril, Averel, Abrill and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Overall research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1619, 1601, 1614 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Overall History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Overall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Overall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Overall or a variant listed above:
Overall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Overall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Overall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Overall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Overall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Overall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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