Overbray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Overbray family
The surname Overbray 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,  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 Overbray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Overbray 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 Overbray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Overbray Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Overbury, Overbery, Overberry, Overberrie and many more.
Early Notables of the Overbray 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 (1621-1622) and again in 1626. Sir Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) was an English...
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Migration of the Overbray family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)