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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."

Overfield Early Origins



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

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Overfield Spelling Variations


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Overfield Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: over, overs and others.

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Overfield Early History


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Overfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Overfield research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1275 and 1524 are included under the topic Early Overfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Overfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Overfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Overfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Overfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Geo Overfield, aged 54, who emigrated 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Overfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Overfield (post 1700)



  • Peter Delome "Pete" Overfield (1874-1959), All-American and professional football player, federal judge and rancher
  • Jackie Overfield (b. 1932), English former professional footballer

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Citations


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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)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Overfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Overfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 28 November 2013 at 06:03.

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