When John Ovenden was born in 1721, in Ham, Kent, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Ovenden, was 31 and his mother, Susanna Cox, was 32. He married Margaret Ratley on 5 April 1746, in Woodnesborough, Kent, England. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He died in October 1799, in Woodnesborough, Kent, England, at the age of 78, and was buried in Woodnesborough, Kent, England, United Kingdom.
1 English: (i) locative name perhaps from Ovingdean (Sussex), which is recorded as Ouingeden in the 11th century and Vuingeden in 1198, though no medieval forms of this surname have been found; an alternative derivation from (2) is not impossible, by family migration. The place-name Ovingdean derives from the Old English personal name Ofa or Ūfa + the Old English group name suffix -ingas (genitive -inga-) + Old English denu ‘valley’. (ii) see Ovington .
2 English: locative name, possibly sometimes from Ovenden (WR Yorks), which is recorded as Ovenden and Ovinden in the 13th century, but Redmonds, Dictionary of Yorks Surnames argues that in WR Yorks it is chiefly a variant of the Lancs surname Wolfenden , citing Lawrence Woffendenne or Hovenden, 1560–4 (Halifax parish registers), and JoshuaWolfenden otherwise Woffindale otherwise Ovenden of Heckmondwike, 1770 (Birstall parish registers). The place-name Ovenden derives from Old English ofen ‘furnace’ or ofan, ufan ‘over, above’ + denu ‘valley’.