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The Overholt 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 Overholt family

The surname Overholt 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] 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 Overholt family

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Overholt Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Overholt family

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Overholt Ranking

In the United States, the name Overholt is the 15,388th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Canada Overholt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Overholt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Overholt Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Staats Overholt U.E., (Stols) who settled in Home District, Clinton [Lincoln], Ontario c. 1784 married to Mary Rott [3]
  • Mr. Abraham Overholt U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 was a Pilot in the New York Army [3]

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook