Early Origins of the Alva family
The surname Alva was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1160 when Jukel de Alvertun held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Alva family
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Alva Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Alva include Alverton, Alverston, Alveston, Halverston, Halverson, Halveston, Halverton and many more.
Early Notables of the Alva family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alva family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: James Alverson, who settled in Ontario in 1871; John Alverson, who came to Wisconsin in 1860; Teleife Alverson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704; Halvor Halversen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837.
Contemporary Notables of the name Alva (post 1700)
- Ward Alva Withey (1891-1958), American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Allegany County, 1930
- Paul Alva Smoker (1941-2016), American jazz trumpeter
- John Alva Keel (1930-2009), American journalist and author
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), American Inventor who invented an improved printing telegraph, patented over 1300 inventions
- Thomas Alva Bartlett (b. 1930), American educator and Rhodes Scholar
- H. Alva Brumfield, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State Senate, 1950 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Thomas Alva Yon (1882-1971), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Florida 3rd District, 1927-33 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Mrs. Alva Lowe, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1972 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Alva Edison Liles (1956-1998), American former NFL football defensive lineman who played from 1980 to 1983, Super Bowl champion (XV)
- Alva Lysander Hager (1850-1923), American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State Senate, 1891; U.S. Representative from Iowa 9th District, 1893-99; Defeated, 1898 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html