Overbury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Overbury family

The surname Overbury 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.

Important Dates for the Overbury family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Overbury 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 Overbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Overbury Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Overbury 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...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Overbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Overbury migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Overbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Overbury, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [2]

Overbury 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:

Overbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • H. Overbury, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Overbury (post 1700)

  • Jane Overbury, American actress, known for The Magic Door (2007)

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Citations

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