Calvey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Calvey was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Calvey is for a person who tended cattle. [1]

"Calvert is a characteristic Yorkshire name, and is at present best represented in the Richmond district, but still survives in York. The Calverts, of Danby Wiske, were an old North Riding family. Sir George Calvert, the first lord of Baltimore and the first planter in Maryland, was from this stock." [2]

Early Origins of the Calvey family

The surname Calvey 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. [3]

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. [1]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Johannes Calfhyrd witnessed confirmation of Snadoun to the Abbey of Dryburgh, c. 1350. William Calwart, notary public in Arnbroath, 1467, and another William Cauart in the regality of Arnbroath is mentioned, 1535." [4]

Important Dates for the Calvey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calvey research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1269, 1563, 1567, 1601, 1611, 1628, 1404, 1669, 1563, 1579, 1632, 1605, 1675, 1637, 1715, 1679, 1715, 1606, 1647, 1688, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Calvey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Calvey Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Calvert, Calbert, Calverte, Calvart, Celvert, Kelvert, Kallvart, Kalvart, Callvert, Callbert, Cellvert, Calwert, Cavart, Cailvairt, Calwart and many more.

Early Notables of the Calvey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, 8th Proprietary Governor of Newfoundland (1579-1632), an English politician and colonizer, namesake of Baltimore, Maryland; Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore (1605-1675), an English peer, the first Proprietor and Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland, and ninth Proprietary Governor of the Colony of Newfoundland...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calvey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Calvey family to Ireland

Some of the Calvey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Calvey migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Calvey or a variant listed above:

Calvey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Calvey, aged 32, originally from Chorley, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Vestris" from Liverpool, England [5]
  • Edward Calvey, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Sacramento" from Buenos Aires, Argentina [6]
  • Michael Calvey, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [7]

Calvey migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Calvey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Calvey, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Isabella" departing from the port of Killala, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Calvey (post 1700)

  • Kevin Calvey, American politician, former State Representative for Oklahoma
  • John Calvey (1875-1937), English international footballer who played for the England National Team in 1902
  • ? Calvey, French pioneers to the state of Missouri, the family is the eponym of the stream named Calvey Creek

Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WG-8PT : 6 December 2014), Mary Calvey, 19 Aug 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Vestris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67K-46N : 6 December 2014), Edw. Calvey, 20 May 1919; citing departure port Buenos Aires, arrival port New York, ship name Sacramento, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z7-XZL : 6 December 2014), Michael Calvey, 24 Sep 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 17)
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