Overbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Overbey family

The surname Overbey was first found in Gloucestershire 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 Aston Underedge, held by the steward of Lambeth Church, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Overbey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Overbey research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1621, 1660, 1510, 1600, 1543, 1551, 1643, 1604, 1611, 1592, 1637, 1621, 1622, 1626, 1581 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Overbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Overbey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Overbury, Overbery, OverBerry, Overberrie and many more.

Early Notables of the Overbey family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Nicholas Overbury (1551-1643), an English lawyer, landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for Gloucester (1604-1611); and Walter Overbury (1592-1637), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Cardigan,_Ceredigion' target='_blank'>Cardigan (1621-1622) and again in 1626. Sir Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) was an English...
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Overbey Ranking

In the United States, the name Overbey is the 10,441st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Overbey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Overbey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nichola Overbey, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [3]
Overbey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David A. Overbey, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Mabel Overbey, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1895
Overbey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Overbey, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Erik Overbey, who landed in Alabama in 1918 [3]
  • Tina Overbey, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Overbey (post 1700) +

  • Betty Overbey (b. 1946), American politician, Democratic Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives (2011-2017)
  • Doug Overbey (b. 1954), American politician, State Senator in Tennessee (2009)

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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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