Callvains History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Callvains has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family lived at Cauville, in the department of Calvados, in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Callvains family

The surname Callvains was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat in De Cauville, in the department of Calvados, the arrondissement of Falaise in the canton of Thury-Harcourt.

Early History of the Callvains family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Callvains research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1564, 1509, 1564 and 1509 are included under the topic Early Callvains History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Callvains Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Callvains is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Calvin, Cauvin, Callvin, Calvain, Calvein, Cauvain, Cauvein, Callvain, Callvein, Calvins, Cauvins, Callvins, Calvains, Calveins, Cauvains, Cauveins, Callvains and many more.

Early Notables of the Callvains family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was Jean Cauvin (1509-1564), birth name of John Calvin, the French theologian, religious reformer and writer. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Callvains Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Callvains family

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Callvains has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Callvains were C. Calvin, aged 30; who settled in New Orleans in 1821; Francis Calvin settled in Virginia in 1654; James Calvin settled in Georgia in 1734; James Calvin settled in Philadelphia in 1848.



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