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Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from any of various places, in Bedfordshire, Merseyside, and Nottinghamshire, so named from Old English eofor ‘wild boar’ + tūn ‘settlement’.
  • Described as being from Kent, England, Walter Everendon (d. 1725) was a colonial gunpowder manufacturer who ran a mill in Neponset in the township of Milton, across the river from Dorchester, MA. The first person to make gunpowder in America, Everendon eventually took majority interest in the mill and sold out to his son. The family, which also spelled their name Everden and Everton, continued to manufacture powder until after the Revolution.

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