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Where did the English Jarvis family come from? What is the English Jarvis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jarvis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jarvis family history?

Jarvis is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Jarvis family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Jarvis comes from the Norman personal name Gervase. The surname Gervais indicates that the bearer is a descendant of someone named Gervase.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Jarvis were recorded, including Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.

First found in Cornwall. The Gervais surname also spelled Jarvis, Gervays and Gervis, was first found in Mobonnaiss and Vallee, in Brettagne, the ancient name for Brittany, and arrived in England with William, Duke of Normandy, in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jarvis research. Another 351 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1410, 1393, 1397, 1587, 1654, 1621, 1625, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1653, 1616, 1693, 1666 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Jarvis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 101 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jarvis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Jarvis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Jarvis arrived in North America very early:

Jarvis Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Jarvis who landed in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Francis Jarvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Benjamin Jarvis, who landed in America in 1646
  • Sarah Jarvis, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Ed Jarvis, who landed in Virginia in 1666


Jarvis Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Eliza Jarvis, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Arthur Jarvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Mary Jarvis, who landed in Carolina in 1724
  • Freeman Jarvis, who landed in New England in 1736
  • Abraham Jarvis, who arrived in New England in 1764

Jarvis Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Jarvis, aged 16, arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Oliver John Jarvis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • David Jarvis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • James J Jarvis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • William Jarvis, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860


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  • Anna Marie Jarvis (1864-1948), founder of the Mother's Day holiday in the United States
  • Frank Washington Jarvis (1878-1933), American athlete, and the Olympic 100m champion of 1900
  • Gregory Bruce Jarvis (1944-1986), American civilian payload specialist who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, eponym of the Jarvis lunar crater
  • Kevin Thomas Jarvis (b. 1969), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Thomas Jordan Jarvis (1836-1915), American politician, 44th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina (1879 to 1885)
  • James C. Jarvis (1787-1800), American midshipman in the United States Navy killed at the age of thirteen, eponym of the USS Jarvis (DD-393), a Bagley-class destroyer and the USS Jarvis (DD-799), a Fletcher-class destroyer
  • Captain David Henry Jarvis (1862-1911), American seaman who received the Congressional Gold Medal, eponym of the USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725), a United States Coast Guard cutter
  • Francis Jarvis (1878-1933), American Olympian who won gold during the 1900 games
  • Robert Winston "Cob" Jarvis (1932-2014), star basketball player at the University of Mississippi who went on to become the school's head basketball coach from 1969 to 1976
  • Paul William Jarvis (b. 1965), English cricketer

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  • The Hemrick and Allied Families by Grace H. Jarvis.
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  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Jarvis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jarvis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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