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Everson Coat of Arms / Everson Family Crest

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The surname of EVERSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Eve'. This originally rare medieval female given name (from the Hebrew Chava) is of uncertain origin, perhaps meaning 'serpent'. This was according to the Book of Genesis, the name of the first woman, and in some cases the name may have been acquired by someone (invariably a man) who had played the part in a drama dealing with the Creation. It is a Yorkshire surname, and the first of the name on record is Edward Everson, 1325, County Yorkshire. William Evotson was documented in Wakefield, Yorkshire, in the year 1370. Matthew Everson and Bridgett Lasey were married at St. Jame's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1667. The first appearance of the form Evison was noted in 1750 on the Freeman's Rolls of the City of York and the name is also spelt EVERSEN, OVERSON, OVERSOLE and AVERSON. Family names are a fashion we have inherited from the times of the Crusades in Europe, when knights identified one another by adding their place of birth to their first or Christian names. With so many knights, this was a very practical step. In the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries the nobles and upper classes, particularly those descended from the knights of the Crusades, recognised the prestige an extra name afforded them, and added the surname to the simple name given to them at birth. 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. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.


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