Over Family History

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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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Over Family Origin

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Over Family Occupations

What did your Over ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Over occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Over's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Over family was Mason. Labourer, Bricklayer and Joiner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Over.

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  • Labourer

  • Bricklayer

  • Joiner

  • Mason


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Over Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Over Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Over 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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