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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."

Owers Early Origins



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]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 Over, held by Earl Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester and the northwest, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Owers Spelling Variations


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Owers Spelling Variations



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

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Owers Early History


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Owers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Owers research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1275 and 1524 are included under the topic Early Owers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Owers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Owers Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Owers Notables 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:

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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Owers (post 1700)


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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


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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. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Owers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Owers 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.

This page was last modified on 6 February 2016 at 11:42.

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