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Overy Name Meaning

English (mainly southeastern): habitational name from a place named with the Old English phrase ofer ie ‘over, across the river’, as for example Overy in Oxfordshire. In some cases the name may be topographic, with the same meaning, or with Old English eg ‘dry ground in a marsh’, ‘well-watered land’ as the second element.

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


Similar surnames: Over, Overly, Overby, Lowery, Ober, Tovey, Avery, Ovens, Hover

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Where is the Overy family from?

You can see how Overy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Overy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Overy families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 8 Overy families living in Manitoba. This was about 50% of all the recorded Overy's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Overy families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Overy surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Overy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Overy. 29% of Overy men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Overy women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Overy were Salesman and School Teacher.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    29%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Mechanic
    9%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    22%
  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Maid
    11%
  • School Teacher
    11%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Overy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Overy 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 853 immigration records available for the last name Overy. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Overy. For the veterans among your Overy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Overy lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Overy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Overy in 1945 was 34, and 83 in 2004.

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