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Calvert is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is a name for a person who tended cattle.


The surname Calvert was first found in Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was Warin le Calvehird. The name was originally spelt Calbert or Caubert, having been derived from Abbeville, France and no doubt some of the family came to England during the Conquest and seen by David de Calvert holding lands by knight service in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in 1203. [1] But Yorkshire would be the stronghold of the name as seen by the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listing: Johanna Calfhird; Johannes Calvehyrd; and Magota Calvehird who were all listed in that shire. [2]

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Calvert family name include Calvert, Calbert, Calverte, Calvart, Celvert, Kelvert, Kallvart, Kalvart, Callvert, Callbert, Cellvert, Calwert, Cavart, Cailvairt, Calwart and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calvert research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1269, 1563, 1579, 1632, 1605, 1675, 1637, 1715, 1679, 1715, 1606, 1647, 1688, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Calvert History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 213 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calvert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Calvert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Calvert family to immigrate North America:

Calvert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cecilius Calvert (circa 1605-75), 2d Baron Baltimore received the province of Maryland in 1632 as a grant from the king, in place of his father, George Calvert, who died as the charter was being issued
  • Mary Calvert, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Leonard Calvert, who arrived in Maryland in 1633
  • George Calvert who settled in Maryland in 1634 along with Leonard Calvert
  • Edward Calvert settled in Virginia in 1653

Calvert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Calvert, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1704-1708
  • Joshua Calvert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1712
  • Mary William Calvert settled in Georgia in 1732
  • William Calvert, who arrived in Georgia in 1732
  • Peter Calvert, aged 23, landed in Pennsylvania in 1777

Calvert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Calvert, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Wm Calvert, aged 33, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Thomas Calvert, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Henry Calvert, who landed in New York in 1836
  • James Calvert, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848

Calvert Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Sir George Calvert (c. 1580-1632), 1st Baron Baltimore planted the Colony in Avalon in Newfoundland in 1621 before working toward the settlement in Maryland that would one day bear the name Baltimore. He visited his American possessions in 1627 and in 1629

Calvert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Willm Calvert, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Jane Calvert, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774

Calvert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Calvert arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851

Calvert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Calvert landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London
  • William Calvert arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • John Calvert, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Charles A. Calvert arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Ann Calvert arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865


  • Madren Elbern "John" Calvert (1911-2013), American magician and actor who appeared in over forty films in the 1940s through the 1950s
  • Vice Admiral James F. Calvert (1920-2009), United States Navy Officer who commanded the USS Skate, the first nuclear submarine to surface at the North Pole
  • Philip Powell Calvert (1871-1961), American entomologist
  • Phyllis Calvert (1915-2002), English film, stage and television actress
  • Bernie Calvert (b. 1942), English bassist who played bass guitar and keyboards with The Hollies from 1966 until 1981
  • Margaret Calvert (b. 1936), English typographer and graphic designer
  • Mr. Joseph N Calvert, British Chief Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Stronghold
  • Lorne Albert Calvert (b. 1952), Canadian politician, 13th Premier of the Saskatchewan
  • Paul Henry Calvert AO (b. 1940), Australian politician, Senator for Tasmania from 1987 to 2007, and President of the Australian Senate from 2002 to 2007
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Michael "Mad Mike" Calvert DSO and Bar (1913-1998), British soldier involved in special operations in World War II



  • The Descendants of George Fraizer, Joseph Journey, Patrick Calvert, Thomas Endicott, Sr., John Ashworth, Sr., as They Entered Into This Fruitful Vall.
  • by Gloria M. Cox.
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  • : The Calvert, Green, and Alvey Families Histories by James H. Mosby.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fatti masghii parole femine
Motto Translation: Deeds are masculine, words feminine.


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  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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The Calvert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Calvert 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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