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Over Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on the bank of a river or on a slope (from Old English ofer ‘seashore’, ‘riverbank’, or from the originally distinct word ofer ‘slope’, ‘bank’, ‘ridge’). The two terms, being of similar meaning as well as similar form, fell together in the Middle English period. The surname may also be a habitational name from places named with one or other of these words, which can only be distinguished with reference to their situation. Over in Cambridgeshire is on a riverbank, whereas examples in Cheshire and Derbyshire are not; Over in Gloucestershire is on the bank of the Severn, but also at the foot of a hill. North German: topographic name denoting someone who lived above or beyond a settlement or feature. Swedish (Över): ornamental name of unexplained origin.

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

Similar surnames: Ober, Overy, Dover, Rover, Lier, Cover, Hover, Ozer, Oder, Oser

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Where is the Over family from?

You can see how Over families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Over family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Over families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 19 Over families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 63% of all the recorded Over's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Over families in 1840.
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What did your Over ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Over. 18% of Over men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Over women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Over were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Over. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Over 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 Over. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Over. For the veterans among your Over ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Over lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Over life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Over in 1948 was 41, and 81 in 2004.

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