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The Overstreet 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."

Overstreet Early Origins



The surname Overstreet 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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Overstreet Spelling Variations


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Overstreet Spelling Variations



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

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Overstreet Early History


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Overstreet Early History



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

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Overstreet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Overstreet Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Overstreet 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:

Overstreet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Overstreet, who arrived in Virginia in 1699

Overstreet Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cornelia Overstreet, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Marie Overstreet, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Mrs. R. Overstreet, who landed in America, in 1903
  • R. Overstreet, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Suzanne P. Overstreet, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Overstreet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Overstreet (post 1700)



  • Tommy Overstreet (1937-2015), American country singer
  • James Whetstone Overstreet (1866-1938), American politician, U.S. Representative from Georgia
  • William Sparkman Overstreet (b. 1979), retired American football linebacker
  • James Overstreet (1773-1822), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • David Arthur Overstreet (1958-1984), American CFL and NFL football running back
  • Jesse E. Overstreet (1859-1910), American politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • Chord Overstreet (b. 1989), American actor, singer and musician, best known for his role on the television series Glee
  • Paul Lester Overstreet (b. 1955), American country music singer and songwriter
  • Sergeant Major Harold G. Overstreet USMC (b. 1944), the 12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (1991 to 1995)

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Suggested Readings for the name Overstreet


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Suggested Readings for the name Overstreet



  • The Grandfathers, A Personal Bicentennial History by Carrol Carman Hall.
  • Saints and Black Sheep: the Genealogy of B.Z. and Lucky Cheek Overstreet by Kenneth E. Crouch.

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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. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Overstreet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Overstreet 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 9 August 2016 at 19:42.

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