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Overcash Coat of Arms / Overcash Family Crest

Overcash Coat of Arms / Overcash Family Crest

There is a large group of surnames, more frequent in English, French, German and Italian names, which are actually a compound of nickname and location. They consist of an adjective indicating size or an attractive quality as a prefix attached to a given name. OVERCASH is such a name literally meaning 'the dweller named Cassandra who lived in the field above the river bank, hill or slope'. The field was a piece of land especially used for tillage or pasture and usually bounded by hedges. Local names usually denoted where a man held land, and indicated where he actually lived. The second element CASH is the English variant of CASS, a pet form of CASSANDRA, the name of an ill-fated Trojan prophetess of classical legend, condemned to foretell the future, but never believed. Her story was well-known and widely popular in medieval England. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. The name is also spelt OVERCASS and OVERCASE. The arms depicted here have been quartered with OVER and CASH. 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.


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