Shriver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestral home of the Shriver family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Shriver is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a clerk. The name Shriver is derived from the German word "schreiben," which means "to write" and was itself derived from the German word "schriben", and the Old German word "scriban." The Latin word "scribere" also means to write and could be a root word of this distinguished surname.

Early Origins of the Shriver family

The surname Shriver was first found in northern Germany, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later be associated with noble families of great influence, having many distinguished branches, and becoming noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Important Dates for the Shriver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shriver research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1758, 1763, 1784, 1791, 1805, 1810, 1839, and 1841 are included under the topic Early Shriver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shriver Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Shriver include Schreyber, Schreybers, Schreibers, Shriber, Shreyber and many more.

Early Notables of the Shriver family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shriver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shriver migration to the United States

Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Shriver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andreas Shriver, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1721 [1]
  • Andrew Shriver, who landed in Maryland in 1743 [1]
  • George Shriver, who arrived in Maryland in 1743 [1]
  • Lutwick Shriver, who landed in Maryland in 1743 [1]
Shriver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Shriver, who arrived in Maryland in 1835 [1]

Shriver migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shriver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George Shriver U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
Shriver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Morton Shriver, who landed in Canada in 1833

Shriver migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Shriver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Shriver, British settler travelling from United Kingdom aboard the ship "Dominion" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 28th September 1851 [3]
  • Mrs. Shriver, British settler travelling from United Kingdom aboard the ship "Dominion" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 28th September 1851 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shriver (post 1700)

  • Dame Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009), founder of Camp Shriver, the precursor to the Special Olympics, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Maria Owings Shriver (b. 1955), award-winning American journalist and author of six best-selling books
  • Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Loren James Shriver (b. 1944), former NASA astronaut with over 386 hours in space [4]
  • Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. (1915-2011), American Democratic politician, activist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom [5]
  • Theodore Shriver Baumberger (b. 1925), American state agency executive

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Loren Shriver. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/shriver.html
  5. ^ Robert Shriver. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Robert Shriver. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargent_Shriver
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