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Ovenden Name Meaning

perhaps from Ovingdean (Sussex) which is recorded as Ouingeden in the 11th century and Vuingeden in 1198 though no medieval forms of this surname have been found; an alternative derivation from (2) is not impossible by family migration. The place-name Ovingdean derives from the Old English personal name Ofa or Ūfa + the Old English group name suffix -ingas (genitive -inga-) + Old English denu ‘valley’.see Ovington . possibly sometimes from Ovenden (WR Yorks) which is recorded as Ovenden and Ovinden in the 13th century but Redmonds Dictionary of Yorks Surnames argues that in WR Yorks it is chiefly a variant of the Lancs surname Wolfenden citing Lawrence Woffendenne or Hovenden 1560–4 (Halifax parish registers) and JoshuaWolfenden otherwise Woffindale otherwise Ovenden of Heckmondwike 1770 (Birstall parish registers). The place-name Ovenden derives from Old English ofen ‘furnace’ or ofan ufan ‘over above’ + denu ‘valley’.

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

Similar surnames: Brenden, Evensen, Svendsen, Olender, Menden, Vender, Orender, Heiden

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You can see how Ovenden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ovenden family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Ovenden families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 573 Ovenden families living in Kent. This was about 54% of all the recorded Ovenden's in United Kingdom. Kent had the highest population of Ovenden families in 1891.
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What did your Ovenden ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Gardener and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ovenden. 12% of Ovenden men worked as a Gardener and 76% of Ovenden women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ovenden were General Labourer and Domestic Duties. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Gardener
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties
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What is the average Ovenden lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Ovenden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1989, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Ovenden in 1962 was 75, and 91 in 2004.

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