Caver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Caver surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the lush region of Cove, in Suffolk.

Early Origins of the Caver family

The surname Caver was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times in the two hamlets of North and South Cove in Suffolk [1] which were held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Count Alan of Brettagny. [2] Conjecturally the name is descended from that source.

Much further to the north in Scotland, Cove is a village in the parish of Nigg in Aberdeenshire. [3]

Early History of the Caver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caver research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1273, 1330, 1293, 1330, 1642 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Caver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caver Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Caver include Cove and others.

Early Notables of the Caver family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Caver migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Caver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Caver, aged 39, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Lucy Caver, aged 38, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Arthur Caver, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Albert Caver, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Jane Caver, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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