Everett Surname Meaning, History & Origin

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Everard derived from the Old English personal name Eoforheard and the Germanic Eberhard, both composed of the
elements eber, meaning “wild
boar” and hard meaning
“brave” or “strong.”
Curiously the name was popular with the 1066 Norman invaders of England
and it is possible that the German spelling was brought by them and
then intermixed with the English form. Everard was particularly
popular among the Bretons who had come as part of William’s army and
who were, in recognition of their feats, granted extensive lands in
East Anglia.






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England.
A Somerset family of Everard claimed their descent from Ranulph
Fitzeverard who supposedly held lands at Luxborough, Somerset in
1066. However, the Everard surname was and is mainly to be found
in East Anglia, an area of heavy Norman and Breton settlement after the
Conquest. Early examples of the name were Richard Everard in
Bedfordshire in 1204, Simon Eborard in Norfolk in 1275, and Geoffrey
Everad in Norfolk in 1304.

Later
spellings
were Evered and Everett
and these names
were also mainly to be found in East Anglia.
The Evered spelling was more common at first.
But Everett had come to predominate by the
late 1600’s.

Everetts date from the 1560’s in East Harling records in Norfolk.
One family history starts with the marriage of John
Everett and Elizabeth Oliver in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire in 1729.
Joseph Everett was a prominent clothier in Salisbury, Wiltshire in the
late 1700’s. His industry resulted in the subsequent family
purchase of the Greenhill estate in Sutton Veny.

America. Richard Everett
arrived in New England and his presence was first noticed in 1636 when
he and a party of
settlers bought land from Indians on the Connecticut river at Agawan,
now the town of Springfield, Massachusetts.

He had eleven
children from his two marriages and is the ancestor of many notable
Americans – the list said to include Sarah Palin, Tom Seaver, Sam
Shepard, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, and perhaps Ginger Rogers. The
genealogy was first covered in E.F. Everett’s 1902 book Descendants of Richard Everett of Dedham,
Massachusetts.

Notable Everett descendants were Horace Everett, who represented
Vermont in the US Congress from the 1820’s to the 1840’s, and his first
cousins Alexander Everett, the diplomat and man of letters, and.Edward
Everett, the great Boston orator.

“Everett is generally remembered today
as the featured orator at the dedication ceremony of the National
Cemetery in Gettysburg in 1863, where he spoke for over two hours –
immediately before President Lincoln delivered his famous, two-minute
Gettsburg address.”

The town of Everett in Massachusetts was named after him.

Virginia and North Carolina.
William
and
Anne Everett were early arrivals in Virginia in 1635.
They disembarked on the mouth of the James
river and eventually settled in Williamsburg. Their
descendants
were in North Carolina by the time of the Revolutionary War and later
moved to
Georgia and NW Florida.

Another early
Everett line in Virginia stemmed from George and Mary Everett who were
recorded
in Northumberland county in the 1650’s.
A line from them led to Jeremiah Everett who left Virginia in
the 1790’s
for Kentucky and Arkansas. In Arkansas
his family was embroiled in a bitter land dispute with their neighbors
the
Tutts. Thomas
Ewell Everett
departed in 1849 and was a pioneer settler in
Bosque county, Texas.

Everetts were
among the early arrivals in North Carolina when it first opened up in
the
1670’s. Nathaniel Everett was the first
of these settlers, in 1683, in the eastern part of the state. Many later Everetts migrated elsewhere in the
South. But there remains an Everett
colony near Williamston in Martin county. Alvaretta
Register’s 1987 book Everett/Everitt
Family: A Genealogical History
traced Nathaniel Everett and his
descendants.

Canada.
Three Everett brothers from Bedfordshire –
William, Joseph, and Samuel – came to New Brunswick in 1824. Samuel’s son William, who was four at this
time, made his home at Riley Brook along the Tobique river where he
started up
a sawmill in the 1860’s. From another
line came the Everetts of the Everett family orchard near Fredericton,
an
enterprise which has been with the family through eight generations.


Australia.

Everetts came
to Australia from various parts of England during the 19th century and
had varying experiences. Among them were:

  • George and Edwin Everett, the sons of a Wiltshire MP, who came to
    Sydney on the Hope in 1838
    and initially squatted on farming land. Over time they became
    large-scale and successdul sheep and cattle ranchers in NSW.
  • Charles Everett from Suffolk who came to Victoria on the Anna Robertson in 1839. His
    brother John followed him in 1854 after he had gotten established and
    his father William came a year later in 1855.
  • John Everitt from Essex who came out as a young lad on the Fortitude in 1849. He went
    with his cousins to the Victorian goldfields where he struck lucky and
    then had his gold stolen. He returned to the goldfields, but with
    little reward the second time round. And this time his young wife
    became disillusioned with the country and its harsh conditions.
  • and Arundel
    Everett
    from Somerset who managed to get to Australia on his
    second attempt in 1857. Ten years later he died there in tragic
    circumstances.

New Zealand. Charles and Edward Everett
came to New
Zealand from Quebec on the Sir Thomas
Paget
in 1852. When they first came
to Quebec is unclear. But it is likely
that they arrived there on the Montreal
from London in 1835. Charles died in New
Plymouth in 1855. Edward settled in
Nelson and was elected mayor of Nelson in 1876. He
died in 1904, leaving seven sons and one daughter
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Evered and Everett.  H.B. Guppy
in his 1968 study of the geographical origins of family names in
Britain found
that the Evered and Everett names appeared most frequently in the
following
counties – Norfolk, Suffolk, Wiltshire, Lincolnshire, Cambridge, and
Essex – in
other words the area northeast of London known as East Anglia.

The Evered spelling
accounted for approximately 60 percent of the surname recorded there in
the
1500’s.  But that share had dropped to 35
percent by the late 1600’s.
Interestingly the changeover to Everett happened faster in the
capital
London than in the outlying counties (Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk).

Everetts in East Harling, Norfolk.  East Harling
is a small market town along the river Waveney near Thetford in Norfolk.  It was once famous for the manufacture and
sale of yarn and linen cloth.  The town
population was 1,031 in 1831.

Many
of
them at one time were Everetts.  Their
name in East Harling records goes back to the 1560’s.
Some were well-to-do gentry and a number
Quakers.  The Friends’ Meeting House,
erected in 1823, has a small burial ground and a vault of the Everetts.

One
family line dates back to Thomas Everett
who married Ann Bransby in East Harling in 1772.  Charles
and John Everett of this family
emigrated to Australia in the 1840’s.  John
Everett was the licensee of the White
Horse
in East Harling in 1879.  But
the 1881 census showed that there were few Everetts left in the
town.

Richard Everett of Dedham, Massachusetts.  Edward F. Everett’s book on
Richard
Everett, published in 1902, indicated that he had arrived by
1636 and
had perhaps settled first in Watertown before coming to Dedham.   However, it reported no other evidence
of
his British origins except the suggestion that he was related to the
“Everard family of county Essex.”

In
a book published nine years later another descendant, Dr. C. C.
Everett, the Dean of the Divinity School at Harvard University believed
that he
was born at Dedham in England.  This view
was then adopted in the Everett genealogy.

The first positive record of
Richard Everett in America was at Springfield in 1636 when he witnessed
a deed
with Indians transferring land.

Recent
DNA testing suggests that this Richard was related to another Richard
Everett
who settled on Long Island in the 1850’s.

Charles Everett, Presidential Physician.  Charles Everett was physician to two US Presidents, Thomas Jefferson
and James Monroe.  He had moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in
1803 where he made his office and stables.  Ten years later he
established a plantation at Belmont seven miles out of town.  He
later purchased a 400 acre tract from Jefferson which became known as
Everettville.

He died unmarried in 1848, freeing his slaves and willing his estate to
his nephew, Dr. Charles D. Everett.

Ewell and Pleas Everett of Bosque County, Texas.  The Everett
name was one of the oldest family names in Bosque county in central
Texas.  It was said that Ewell Everett and
his family
left their home in Marion county, Arkansas in 1849 after a bitter fight
with
their neighbors.

“The
Tutt family
had bought land from the Everetts and built a barn over some of the
Everett
graves that were on the land.  The
Everetts wanted the barn moved off the graves but the Tutts wouldn’t
move
it.  The feud started between the two
families.  Before it was over it engulfed
almost every family in the county and became known as the Marion County
War.”

Another
account recorded the following:

“When
Sim and Bart Everett were killed in Arkansas in a fight in 1849, Jesse
heard of
the death of his brothers and went to Arkansas to avenge their
deaths.
After one of Jesse Everett’s men killed Hamp Tutt they finally
considered their
vengeance to be complete.”

Ewell brought his mill
stones with him to Texas and operated what is believed to have been the
first
grist mill in Bosque county on Hornbeak Hollow.
These mill stones have been handed down through the generations
and
become a family heirloom.

Another
memento was the rifle with its heavy steel barrel and fancy brass work
on the
stock that was used by the youngest of Ewell’s sons Pleas in the Dover
Creek
battle of 1865.

“In
late 1864 word came
that a large party of Indians was moving southwestward through Texas.  Pleas Everett and a cousin of his were in the
total of 370 militia men sent to find them.
They caught up with the Indians on Dove Creek, just west of San
Angelo,
on January 7, 1865.  It was cold and
beginning
to snow and 1,400 Kickapoos were camped there.
The battle was fought the next morning.
It was said to be one of the fiercest Indian battles ever fought
on
Texas soil.  The battle raged all day and
the rain turned to snow.  Pleas Everett,
aged 19, saw an Indian kill his cousin during the hottest part of the
battle.  He then shot the Indian with his
rifle.”

Ewell Everett died in 1870 and
Pleas in 1934, the last survivor of the Dover Creek battle.  Both are buried in the Valley Mills cemetery
in Bosque county.

Arundel Everett and His Family in Australia.  Arundel Everett from Somerset came
to Australia around 1857 on his second attempt (his first had
apparently ended
when he was shipwrecked off the Irish coast).  His wife Georgiana
and
their six daughters followed two years later.

“Arundel
Everett did not live to see his daughters married.
His body was found on the road from Nanango to Toromeo, Queensland, on
23rd
April 1867.  He had been staying for a day or two at a hotel at
Nanango
and had told one of the witnesses that he had fallen off the roof of a
house he
had been building.  He then proceeded on his journey and was found
dead or
dying some time later.”

Mystery
surrounded Arundel Everett even after his death.   One of the
Everett
daughters told a newspaper in Melbourne that they had once lived in a
haunted
cottage outside London and had seen strange apparitions.  Her
story
appeared in The Echo of October 19, 1880.

 


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Henry Everett started
W.H. Everett & Son, described as the world’s oldest independent
bookseller, in London in 1793. He was a friend and colleague of
William Smith who started the W.H. Smith bookshops.
Edward Everett was one of the
great American orators of the ante-bellum and Civil War era. He
served as both Governor and Senator for Massachusetts.
Kenny
Everett
, born Maurice Cole, was a popular if eccentric English
comedian and radio and TV entertainer.

Select Everett Numbers Today

  • 12,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Lincolnshire)
  • 15,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
  • 10,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)

 

 

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