Overfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Overfield surname is generally thought to be a habitational name, taken on from one of several places named Over, or Ower in Britain, such as Over in Cambridgeshire, in Cheshire and in Derbyshire. These place names are derived from the Old English "ofer," meaning "seashore," or "riverbank."
Early Origins of the Overfield family
The surname Overfield was first found in Cheshire 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 Over, held by Earl Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester and the northwest, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Early History of the Overfield family
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Overfield Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: over, overs and others.
Early Notables of the Overfield family (pre 1700)
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Overfield migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Overfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Geo Overfield, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Overfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Irene M. Overfield, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1910
- Chauncey Overfield, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1910
- Mrs. R. O. Overfield, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1912
Contemporary Notables of the name Overfield (post 1700) +
- Peter Delome "Pete" Overfield (1874-1959), All-American and professional football player, federal judge and rancher
- Lloyd J. Overfield, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 9 aerial victories
- Jackie Overfield (b. 1932), English former professional footballer
Related Stories +
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)