In arriving at an appropriate name for the family association, the founding
members considered a number of spelling variations. The name Overholser was
chosen as most representative of the spelling variations found in numerous
historical records. However, the original spelling of the surname was
Oberholtzer: Name Meaning and History – German: from Middle High German ober
‘above’ (or German ober- ‘upper’) + holz ‘wood’ + the suffix -er, denoting an
inhabitant, a topographic name for someone who lived above a wood or on the far
side of it, or alternatively a habitational name for someone who lived in a
place known as Oberholtz (‘upper wood’).
Following is a list of surnames included in the OFA’s families: Oberholtz,
Uberholtzer, Overholser, Oberheuser, Overhults, VanHulser, Overhuls, Overhalser,
Overhalt, Atherholt, Obold, Uberholser, Overholtzer, Overholt, Overhulster,
Oberholser, Oberholtzer. Other names may be added as they are identified.