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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Overton surname lived in the region of Overton in various counties throughout England. Overton is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Overton Early Origins



The surname Overton was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Overton Spelling Variations


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Overton Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Overton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Overton include: Overton, Oferton, Overtone and others.

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Overton Early History


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Overton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Overton research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1525, 1609, 1580, 1609, 1599, 1664, 1609 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Overton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Overton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Overton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include William Overton (c.1525-1609), an English clergyman, Bishop of Lichfield (1580-1609); Richard Overton ( c. 1599-1664), an English pamphleteer and Leveller during the English Civil War...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Overton 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Overton or a variant listed above:

Overton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Overton and his wife Mary, who came to Virginia in 1654
  • Mary Overton, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Francis Overton, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • William Overton, who arrived in Virginia in 1669
  • Jane Overton, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Overton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Overton, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Samuel, Overton Jr., who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1719

Overton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert and Samuel Overton, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1850
  • Charles Overton, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Overton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Overton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • Thomas Overton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Medway" in 1846
  • John William Overton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Medway" in 1846
  • Mary Overton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Medway" in 1846
  • Maria Overton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Medway" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Overton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Overton (post 1700)



  • Douglas "Doug" M. Overton (b. 1969), retired American professional NBA basketball player
  • William Ray Overton (1939-1987), American judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Spencer A. Overton (b. 1968), American lawyer and law professor of George Washington University Law School
  • Nancy Swain Overton (1926-2009), American pop singer
  • Macon C. Overton (1890-1918), American officer in the United States Marine Corps, eponym of the USS Overton (DD-239/APD–23), a Clemson-class destroyer
  • Ben F. Overton, American politician, Justice of Florida State Supreme Court, 1974-
  • Benjamin B. Overton, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 6th District, 1956
  • Donald E. Overton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2008
  • Edward Overton (1795-1878), American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1839
  • Edward Overton Jr. (1836-1903), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 15th District, 1877-81
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Overton


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Suggested Readings for the name Overton



  • The American Ancestry and Descendants of Joel Overton, 1779-1844 by Ernest Clark Overton.
  • The Family History of Wainner, Overton, McMurr(a)y and Interconnecting Lines by Merle Wainner Jeter.

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Overton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Overton 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.

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