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OVERY Family History

Recorded as Overy, Overee, and Ovey. this unusual name is of early medieval English origin. It is 'residential' and can be either a topographical or locational surname. If locational it derives from the place called Overy in Oxfordshire, and it means literally, 'the place across the river', from the Olde English pre 7th century words 'ofer-ea'. If topographical it can have a more general meaning of the dweller beyond the stream. Locational surnames by their nature are usually 'from' names. That is to say names given to people after they left their original homesteads to move somewhere else.

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