Owers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Owers surname is generally thought to be a habitational name, taken on from one of several places named Over, or Ower in Britain, such as Over in Cambridgeshire, in Cheshire and in Derbyshire. These place names are derived from the Old English "ofer," meaning "seashore," or "riverbank."

Early Origins of the Owers family

The surname Owers was first found in Cheshire 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] 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 Over, held by Earl Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester and the northwest, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Important Dates for the Owers family

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Owers Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: over, overs and others.

Early Notables of the Owers family (pre 1700)

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Owers migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Owers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Williams Owers, aged 35, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Owen Edward Owers, aged 22, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Albert Ernest Owers, aged 39, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Esther Owers, aged 30, who arrived in America from Wimbledon, England, in 1911
  • Vera Eileen Owers, aged 3, who arrived in America from Wimbledon, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Owers (post 1700)

  • Adrian Owers (b. 1965), English former professional footballer who played from 1982 to 1992
  • Ebenezer Harold Fuller "Ginger" Owers (1888-1951), English footballer from West Ham London, he played from 1906 to 1915
  • Gary Owers (b. 1968), English former professional footballer and current manager
  • Dame Anne Elizabeth Owers DBE (b. 1947), Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons (2001-2010)

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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)
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