Show ContentsOverend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Overend surname comes from the Middle English words "overe," or "uvere," meaning "upper," and "end." It was thought to have been a topographic name for someone who lived at the "upper end" of a settlement.

Early Origins of the Overend family

The surname Overend was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Michael Overend was recorded with estates in that shire.

Early History of the Overend family

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Overend Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Overend, Ovrend, Overen, Ouvren, Ouverend and many more.

Early Notables of the Overend family (pre 1700)

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United States Overend migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Overend Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joshua and his wife Mary Overend, who arrived in Savanah, Georgia in 1733
  • Mary Overend, who arrived in Georgia in 1733 [1]
  • Joshua Overend, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733 [1]
Overend Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Overend, who was on record in New York in 1812
  • William Overend, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John W Overend, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]

Canada Overend migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Overend Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Overend, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Overend migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Overend Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Overend 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:

Overend Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Overend, aged 25, a joiner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Overend, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • James Henry Overend, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Mr. Nathan Overend, (b. 1832), aged 27, English bricklayer, from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Overend, (b. 1834), aged 25, English settler, from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Overend (post 1700) +

  • Enmund "Ned" Overend (b. 1955), American gold and bronze medalist mountain biker, six-time NORBA cross-country mountain bike national champion
  • Edmund F. Overend, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the American Volunteer Group, during World War II, credited with 9 aerial victories
  • Jonathan Overend, English radio journalist for BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Letitia Overend L.L.D. DStJ (1880-1977), Irish philanthropist and motor enthusiast, co-founder of the Children's Sunshine Home at Stillorgan, County Dublin
  • Tom Overend (b. 1953), Canadian speed skater who competed in two events at the 1976 Winter Olympics
  • Marmaduke Overend (1730-1790), Welsh music theorist and organist who served as Organist at All Saints Church, Isleworth for thirty years
  • John Overend, British banker, co-founder of Overend, Gurney & Company, a London wholesale discount bank which collapsed in 1866 owing about £11 million
  • Sandra Overend (b. 1973), British Ulster Unionist Party politician in Northern Ireland
  • Jonathan Magri Overend (b. 1970), Maltese professional footballer who played for the Malta National Team in 1998
  • Best Overend (1909-1977), Australian architect, best known for the Cairo Flats in Fitzroy, built 1935-6, a daringly Modernist design for Melbourne in the 1930s.
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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