Ovington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Ovington surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of various places named Ovington, such as in Durham and in Northumberland.

Early Origins of the Ovington family

The surname Ovington was first found in Essex at Ovington, a parish, in the union of Risbridge, hundred of Hinckford. [1] Ovington can also be found in Norfolk, Northumberland, Southampton, Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire.

The place names are generally first listed in Saxon times or at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. The oldest was found in Northumberland where it was listed as Ofingadun (699-705) and for the most part, the place name meant "estate associated with a man called Ufa," from the Old English personal name + "-ing" + "tun." [2]

The Domesday Book, lists the following variants: Ouituna (Essex) and Ulfeton (Durham.) Ovington, Norfolk was listed as Uvinton in 1202.

Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Brictrwulf from Richard Fitzgilbert a Norman Baron who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. One of the first records of then name was Roger of Hoveden, or Howden ( fl. 1174-1201), who was an English chronicler and is believed to have been from Howden in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He went on the Third Crusade with Richard I of England, joining him in Marseille in August 1190.

Early History of the Ovington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ovington research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1201, 1190, 1625, 1582, 1583, 1571, 1614 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Ovington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ovington Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ovington, Offington, Ovenden, Ofington, Offenden, Ovendean, Offendean, Hovenden, Hoffington, de Offington, de Ovington and many more.

Early Notables of the Ovington family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ovington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Ovington family to Ireland

Some of the Ovington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ovington migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ovington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Ovington, who arrived in Maryland in 1666
Ovington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Ovington, who settled in Philadelphia in 1813
  • George Ovington, who settled in Philadelphia in 1827
  • Catharine C Ovington, who landed in New York, NY in 1844 [3]
  • Theodore Ovington, who settled in San Francisco in 1852
  • Bryan Ovington, who arrived in Ohio in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ovington (post 1700) +

  • Earle Ovington (1879-1936), American aeronautical engineer, aviator, inventor, and lab assistant to Thomas Edison; he is designated as the "Official Air Mail Pilot #1" for tossing a bag of mail from 500 feet which included 640 letters and 1,280 postcards
  • Mary White Ovington (1865-1951), American suffragette, socialist, journalist, and co-founder of the NAACP
  • Michael Robin "Mike" Ovington (1945-2006), Australian diplomat, Australian Consul in Noumea (1978–1980), Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu (1980–1983)
  • Ovington Eugene Weller (1862-1947), American Republican politician, U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1921-27; Defeated, 1926; Member of Republican National Committee from Maryland, 1932-40 [4]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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