Lafayette Oviatt

Brief Life History of Lafayette

When Lafayette Oviatt was born on 20 September 1843, in Cherrytree Township, Venango, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Cyrus Shumway Oviatt, was 26 and his mother, Elizabeth B Hall, was 26. He married Mary Jenette Laning on 18 May 1884. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Grand Valley, Eldred Township, Warren, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900. He died on 16 March 1923, in Eldred Township, Warren, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Eldred Township, Warren, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Lafayette Oviatt
Mary Jenette Laning
Marriage: 18 May 1884
Cyrus Clayton Oviatt

Sources (9)

  • Lafayette Ovead in household of C S Ovead, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Lafayette Oviatt - Government record: birth: 20 September 1843; Cherry Tree Twp, Venango, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Lafayette Oviatt, "Find A Grave Index"

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Name Meaning

English (Surrey): variant of Ovett, a name mainly found in Sussex, probably from the Middle English personal name Uviet, spelled Ouyet. This could represent Old English Ūf(e)gēat or Ufegēat; the personal name Ufegeat is recorded in Old English documents but the length of the initial vowel is uncertain. With a long first vowel the name might be a compound of Old English ūf ‘owl’ + a linking vowel -e- + the tribal name Gēat. With a short initial vowel the first element could be ufe-, as in Old English ufemest ‘uppermost, highest’. An alternative possibility is that Uviet represents either of two other Old English names, Wulfgēat (male) or Wulfgȳth (female), with Wulf- shortened to Uf-. Final -et was presumably re-interpreted as the Old French, Middle English hypocoristic suffix -et, for which -ot was commonly substituted. The surname Ovett had a long history in Brighton (Sussex) and in the New Forest (Hampshire), but it also had a presence in the Midlands from at least the 16th century. The variant Oviatt, which is found mainly in Surrey, probably originates from the family in Hampshire or the South Midlands.

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