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Overton Coat of Arms / Overton Family Crest

Overton Coat of Arms / Overton Family Crest

The surname of OVERTON was a locational name 'of Overton' parishes in the diocese of Winchester, Peterborough, Manchester, York and St. Albans. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name literally meant 'the dweller near a ridge or hill'. OVRETUN (without surname) who was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, appears to be the first of the name on record, and Overton (without surname) was documented in Cheshire in the year 1203.The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did.

Other records of the name mention Adam de Overton, 1273 County Oxford. John de Overton, 1324 County Huntingdonshire. Francis Parish married Elizabeth Overton at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1788. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people.

The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.


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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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