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Overly Surname Meaning

Americanized form of Norwegian Øverli Øverlie: from the frequent farm names Øverli(e) Øverlien from øver ‘upper’ + li ‘hillside mountain slope’. Americanized form of German Oberle or Oberley . English: habitational name from a place called Overley or Overleigh as for example Overleigh in Cheshire named with Old English uferra ‘higher’ + lēah ‘(woodland) clearing glade’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Overy, Bierly, Over, Overby, Everley, Berry, Byerly, Lovely, Overall

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Where is the Overly family from?

You can see how Overly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Overly family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Overly families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Overly families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Overly's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Overly families in 1840.
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What did your Overly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Overly. 19% of Overly men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Overly women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Overly were Operator and Seamstress. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Operator

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Overly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Overly 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 405 immigration records available for the last name Overly. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Overly. For the veterans among your Overly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Overly lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Overly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Overly in 1952 was 75, and 61 in 2004.

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