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

Ovington Early Origins



The surname Ovington was first found in Essex 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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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 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), was an English chronicler who 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.

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Ovington Spelling Variations


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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.

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Ovington Early History


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Ovington Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ovington research. Another 175 words (12 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.

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Ovington Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ovington Early Notables (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.

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Ovington In Ireland


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Ovington In Ireland



Some of the Ovington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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 came to Philadelphia in 1813
  • George Ovington, who came to Philadelphia in 1827
  • Catharine C Ovington, who landed in New York, NY in 1844
  • 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ovington (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ovington (post 1700)



  • Mary White Ovington (1865-1951), American suffragette, socialist, journalist, and co-founder of the NAACP
  • Earle Ovington (1879-1936), American aeronautical engineer, aviator, inventor, and lab assistant to Thomas Edison

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Ovington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ovington 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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