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Over Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Over such as those in Cambridgeshire Cheshire and Gloucestershire or Littleover and Mickleover (both in Derbyshire) or a topographic name from residence at a bank or river bank from Old English ōfer ‘bank’ or from residence in the upper part of a settlement or at the top of a slope from Old English ofer ‘slope hill ridge’. North German and Dutch: topographic name denoting someone who lived above or beyond a settlement or feature. Swedish (Över): ornamental name of unexplained etymology.

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 United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 130 Over families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Over's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Over families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Over surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Over ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Over. 11% of Over men worked as a Bricklayer and 79% of Over women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Over were Incapacitated and Housewife. .

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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 1939

  • Bricklayer
    11%
  • Railway Clerk
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Incapacitated
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    79%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
  • Housewife
    2%
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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 UK, 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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