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The origins of the name Avery are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the given name Averary. For example, the first recorded instance of the name is Rogerus filius Averary. His name means Rogerus son of Averary. Over time, the name changed until it achieved its modern form.

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The surname Avery was first found in the county of Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Rogerus filius Averary resided in the year 1166, and held manors and estates. One branch of the family was found in Egginton, Derbyshire from ancient times. "The church [of Egginton], an ancient structure with a nave, chancel, aisles, and a neat low tower, contains several monuments to the Every family, and has some remains of stained glass." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Avery has been spelled many different ways, including Avery, Averie, Avary, Every, MacAvera and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Avery research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1664, 1654, 1643, 1679, 1679, 1620, 1700, 1653, 1696 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Avery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Avery; Samuel Avery (died 1664) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654; John Every (c 1643-1679), an English landowner and politician from Dorset who sat in the House of Commons in 1679; James...

Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Avery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Avery family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Averys to arrive in North America:

Avery Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Avery (born England, died 12 March 1670), who came to America in 1630 aboard the Arbella as part of the Winthrop Fleet
  • Jacob and George Avery who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Christopher Avery settled in Gloucester Massachusetts in 1640, moved to Boston, thence to New London, Conn

Avery Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Waightstill Avery (1741-1821), lawyer, Revolutionary War hero, first attorney general of North Carolina, and eponym of Avery County, North Carolina

Avery Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joseph Avery, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Eastern District, Upper Canada c. 1783
  • Mr. William Avery, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Canada c. 1783

Avery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Avery, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Robert Avery, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Avery arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • Thomas Avery arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • Charles Avery, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
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Avery Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Avery, aged 37, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Avery, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Harriet Avery, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • George Avery, aged 16, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Charles Avery, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
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  • Brigadier-General Ray Longfellow Avery (1884-1965), American Commanding Officer, Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland (1939-1946)
  • Oswald Theodore Avery (1877-1955), American (Canadian-born) bacteriologist, who helped discover the importance of DNA
  • John Avery (1824-1914), American physician and politician from Michigan
  • Charles Avery (1873-1926), American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • James Avery (1825-1898), Union Navy seaman and recipient of the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War
  • Tex Avery (1908-1980), American animator and director; creator of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
  • Milton Avery (1885-1965), American painter whose works specialize in American Modernism
  • Shondrella Avery (b. 1971), American actress
  • Margaret Avery (b. 1944), American singer and actress
  • Tom Avery (b. 1975), English explorer, mountaineer, author and motivational speaker
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Avery Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. George William Avery (1922-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Manly, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Albert G Avery (b. 1919), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Hove, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Donald Avery, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George T Avery, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James Albert Avery (1891-1915), aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 15
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  • A Family History, Gray-Avery and Related Families by Lewis and Ruby Gray.
  • The Groton Averys, Christopher and James by Elroy M. Avery.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Avery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Avery 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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