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Overby Name Meaning

Norwegian (Øverby): habitational name from any of some twenty farmsteads, chiefly in southeastern Norway, named Øverby, from Old Norse Øfribýr, a compound of øfri ‘upper’ + býr ‘farmstead’. Danish: habitational name from any of several places so named.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Overy, Nerby, Overly, Owenby, Sowerby, Over, Kirby, Ormsby, Overbey

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Where is the Overby family from?

You can see how Overby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Overby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Overby families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 5 Overby families living in Alberta. This was about 63% of all the recorded Overby's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Overby families in 1911.
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What did your Overby ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Overby. 75% of Overby men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    75%
  • Help Farm
    25%
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Overby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Overby census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Overby. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Overby. For the veterans among your Overby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Overby lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Overby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Overby in 1942 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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