Overby Family History

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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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Overby Family Origin

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Overby Family Occupations

What did your Overby ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Overby occupation in the USA was Farmer. 49% of Overby's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Overby family was Works On Farm. Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Overby.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Works On Farm


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Overby ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Overby Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Overby. 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 Card

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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Overby Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Overby

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Overby ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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