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."
Early Origins of the Overstreet family
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
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.
Early History of the Overstreet family
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Early Notables of the Overstreet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Overstreet family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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
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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)
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.