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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.

AmericaRichard 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 CarolinaWilliam 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 1650ís.  A line from them led to Jeremiah Everett who left Virginia in the 1790ís 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 1670ís.  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 Registerís 1987 book Everett/Everitt Family: A Genealogical History traced Nathaniel Everett and his descendants.

Canada.  Three Everett brothers from Bedfordshire Ė William, Joseph, and Samuel Ė came to New Brunswick in 1824.  Samuelís 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 1860ís.  From another line came the Everetts of the Everett family orchard near Fredericton, an 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 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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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.

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  • 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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