Owers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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."
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,  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.
Early History of 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
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Owers migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Owers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. William Owers, English convict who was convicted in Chelmsford, Essex, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda 
- Mr. William Owers, English convict who was convicted in Chelmsford, Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 27th August 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) 
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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