Overall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Overall family
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.
Important Dates for the Overall family
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Overall Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Overall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Overall family to Ireland
Some of the Overall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Overall migration to the United States
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
- Joseph Overall, who arrived in Indiana in 1852 
Overall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ada Overall, aged 29, who landed in America from London, in 1906
- William A Overall, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Headley, in 1906
- Amelia Overall, aged 41, who landed in America from London, in 1906
- Clara Overall, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Headley, in 1906
- Daisy Overall, aged 17, who landed in America from London, in 1906
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Overall migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Overall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jesse Overall, aged 41, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" 
- John Overall, aged 21, a smith, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya" 
- Henry Overall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851 
Overall migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Overall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Overall, aged 26, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
- Phillis Overall, aged 26, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Overall (post 1700)
- Orval Overall (1881-1947), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Park Overall (b. 1957), American film and television actress, known for her heavy Southern accent
- Sir John Wallace Overall CBE MC & Bar (1913-2001), Australian World War II veteran and architect
- Edward Overall Bleackley (1898-1976), English cricketer who played for the Lancashire and Marylebone Cricket Club in 1919
- William Overall Yager (1833-1904), American soldier during the American Civil War, initially the major and commanding officer of Yager's Third Battalion Texas Mounted Volunteers
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HIMALAYA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Himalaya.htm
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm