Callver is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Calver,
which is in Derby, England.
Early Origins of the Callver family
The surname Callver was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Callver family
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Callver Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Callver family name include Calver, Callver, Calvar, Carver and others.
Early Notables of the Callver family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Callver family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Callver surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Jean Calver who settled in Virginia in 1714 with his wife and five children; Andrew Calver settled in Philadelphia in 1874; James Calver arrived in Philadelphia in 1817.