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Where did the English Overall family come from? What is the English Overall family crest and coat of arms? When did the Overall family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Overall family history?

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.

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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.

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.


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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.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Overall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Headley, in 1906
  • Daisy Overall, aged 17, who landed in America from London, in 1906


Overall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Jesse Overall, aged 41, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • John Overall, aged 21, a smith, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya"
  • Henry Overall arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851

Overall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Overall, aged 26, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Phillis Overall, aged 26, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

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  • Park Overall (b. 1957), American film and television actress, known for her heavy Southern accent
  • Orval Overall (1881-1947), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Sir John Wallace Overall CBE MC & Bar (1913-2001), Australian World War II veteran and architect


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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.

This page was last modified on 26 October 2013 at 09:20.

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