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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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 225 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Avery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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. 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
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
- 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
- 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
- A Family History, Gray-Avery and Related Families by Lewis and Ruby Gray.
- The Groton Averys, Christopher and James by Elroy M. Avery.
- Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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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