The ancient roots of the Overtown family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Overtown comes from when the family lived in the region of Overton
in various counties throughout England
. Overtown 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 Overtown family
The surname Overtown 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 Overtown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Overtown 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 Overtown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Overtown Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Overtown has appeared include Overton, Oferton, Overtone and others.
Early Notables of the Overtown 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... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Overtown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Overtown family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Overtown arrived in North America very early: 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..