The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. (OVERSTRAETEN). There is a large group of surnames, more frequent in French, German and Dutch names, which are actually a compound of two elements. They consist of an adjective indicating size or an attractive quality as a prefix attached to a given or locational name. OVERSTREET is such a name literally meaning one who lived at a Roman road over a river bank. The element STREET was originally rendered in the Latin form STRATA, and in the Middle Ages the word also came to denote the main street in a village. Local names usually denoted where a man held land, and literally denoted where he lived. The name is also spelt STREET, STREETE, STREETER, STRETE and STREATER. Dutchmen who have surnames from towns, cities or districts, are mostly distinguished by the prefix VAN. In the United States the use of capital and initial letters and spaces is optional with the particular family. The Dutch language is most closely related to Low German, and its surnames have been influenced both by German and French naming practices. The preposition 'van' is found especially with habitation names, and the 'de' mainly with nicknames. Compared to other countries, Dutch heraldry is notably simpler, some of the shields bearing only a single charge. Generally speaking one helmet, one shield and one crest has been used, quartering is uncommon and mottoes are rare. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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