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Overtoom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Overtoom is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the region of Overton in various counties throughout England. Overtoom 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.

Early Origins of the Overtoom family


The surname Overtoom 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.

Early History of the Overtoom family


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Overtoom Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Overtoom has been spelled many different ways, including Overton, Oferton, Overtone and others.

Early Notables of the Overtoom family (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...
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Migration of the Overtoom family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Overtooms to arrive in North America: John Overton and his wife Mary, who came to Virginia in 1654; John Overton, who settled in Barbados in 1693; as well as Robert and Samuel Overton, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1850..

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