The Overende 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 Overende family
The surname Overende 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 Overende family
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Overende Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Overend, Ovrend, Overen, Ouvren, Ouverend and many more.
Early Notables of the Overende family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Overende family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joshua and his wife Mary Overend, who arrived in Savanah, Georgia in 1733; as well as William Overend, who was on record in New York in 1812.