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Overton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places so called. Most are named from Old English uferra ‘upper’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; others have Old English ofer ‘riverbank’ or ofer ‘slope’ as the first element.

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


Similar surnames: Everton, Orton, Leverton, Merton, Wolverton, Brenton, Vernon, Girton

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Where is the Overton family from?

You can see how Overton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Overton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Overton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 77 Overton families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Overton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Overton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Overton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Overton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Overton. 20% of Overton men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Overton women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Overton were Salesman and 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.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 133,000 census records available for the last name Overton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Overton 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Overton. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Overton. For the veterans among your Overton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Overton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Overton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Overton in 1943 was 24, and 74 in 2004.

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