Averitts of North Carolina

The Averitt family has been documented as one of the first families of North Carolina, dating back as far at 1715; before the Province of Carolina was even formed. The surname Averitt appears on the registry in the Order of First Families of North Carolina, being represented by Nathaniel Averitt who received numerous land grants in what was the yet to be formed County of Onslow, North Carolina. It was there that he settled and began his family... us. This genealogy page is dedicated to tracing and documenting the Averitt family roots in North Carolina and surrounding states, spanning more than 300 years. Use the small link button at the top left of this page to view the family tree, or begin by using the search box below for your Averitt family member.


It is widely believed that the Anglo-Saxon name Averitt is derived of the ancient name, Eberhard. It is of Germanic origin and is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes. The Germanic given name, Eberhard, which was composed of the elements eber and hard, mean wild boar and brave, hardy, or strong. This surname first appeared in England in Wiltshire, where members of this family had lived since before the Norman invasion of 1066. Over the years, many variations of the name Averitt were recorded, including: Avirett, Avrit, Averitte, Averett, Avit, Avett, Evett, Everett, Everatt, Everet and others.

The following information of the Averett family in America was taken from the book by Will F. Averitt from Indiana. He did a lot of research on the Averitt/Averett family. How much of this information has been researched out and verified is not known. Most of it comes from family tradition and some valid records.

"According to tradition, the first documented knowledge of our family with our spelling was in France. The name "Averitt" or "Averett" would justify this assumption. The double "t" in the name would indicate that it was of French extraction. Nothing is known of the family during the Middle Ages except that we were of Huguenot extraction, and tradition has it that in 1066 the family, or members of the family, came over to England with William, the Conqueror. "The Averitt family, that which we know anything about, seem to have been tillers of the soil or artisans. The first authentic record that we have in England is that of Christopher Averitt, who was born in Cornwall, England in 1590. He was a weaver by trade, and in 1630 decided to migrate to America. He came over to Charles County, Virginia, on a boat captained by Captain Chelsman, and was bound for his passage for three years. This was a practice in vogue in those days, and the records in the libraries show that he later completed his contract with the captain of the boat for his passage, and was released from his debenture. Before he left England, he was known to have conceived two sons: Jacob, who was born in 1616, and James, born in 1622. In 1638 James also migrated to Charles County, Virginia, and there raised a family. Jacob also migrated to Warrick County, Virginia, where he reared his family. Today, throughout all the boundaries of the United States, we find descendants of these two Averitts. The family name was thus established in America only about ten years after the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers. It is possible that the family came to the United States to escape religious persecution, since they were of Huguenot extraction and fearless in expression. According to the historian Montgomery, "No better class of immigrants could have been desired. They represented not only the best bone and sinew, but the best intellect and conscience of Europe." All the Averetts, whichever way they spell their names, came from these first immigrants in Virginia."

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