Everett Surname Genealogy

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.

Everett Resources on

Everett Ancestry

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.

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,

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.
Anne Everett were early arrivals in Virginia in 1635.
They disembarked on the mouth of the James
river and eventually settled in Williamsburg. Their
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
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
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
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


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,
enterprise which has been with the family through eight generations.


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
    from Somerset who managed to get to Australia on his
    second attempt in 1857. Ten years later he died there in tragic

New Zealand. Charles and Edward Everett
came to New
Zealand from Quebec on the Sir Thomas
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

Everett Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Everett Names

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.
, born Maurice Cole, was a popular if eccentric English
comedian and radio and TV entertainer.

Select Everetts 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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