Eaves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Eaves reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Eaves family lived in Lincoln and Yorkshire. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the arrondisement of Eure in Normandy. They were called d'Evers or d'Evere, at this time, in the location form of the name, meaning from Eure.

Early Origins of the Eaves family

The surname Eaves was first found in Lincoln and Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, being granted lands by Duke William of Normandy. They were originally from the Department of Eure in Normandy, and were anciently styled d'Evers or d'Evere.

Early History of the Eaves family

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Eaves Spelling Variations

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 Eaves family name include Eve, Eves, Eaves, Evers, Ivers, Ievers and others.

Early Notables of the Eaves family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Eaves family to Ireland

Some of the Eaves family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Eaves migration to the United States +

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 Eaves family to immigrate North America:

Eaves Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anne Eaves, who arrived in New England in 1636
  • John Eaves, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [1]
Eaves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Eaves who settled in Philadelphia in 1853

Australia Eaves migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Eaves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Eaves, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • John Francis Eaves, aged 19, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"

New Zealand Eaves 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:

Eaves Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Eaves, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Sarah Eaves, aged 31, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Judith Eaves, aged 9, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • George Eaves, aged 8, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Eaves, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Eaves (post 1700) +

  • Michael Gordon "Mike" Eaves (b. 1956), American former NHL player and the current head coach of the St. Olaf College men's hockey team; he grew up in Nepean, Ontario
  • Benjamin Coel "Ben" Eaves (b. 1982), American retired professional ice hockey center from Minneapolis, brother of Patrick Eaves, son of Mike Eaves
  • John Eaves (b. 1962), American two-time Art Directors Guild Award nominatred designer and illustrator, best known for his work on the Star Trek franchise
  • Elsie Eaves (1898-1983), first female associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Sarah Eaves, English live-in housekeeper and eventual wife of the type designer John Baskerville, eponym of Mrs Eaves, a transitional serif typeface designed in 1996
  • Thomas James "Tom" Eaves (b. 1992), professional English football player who plays for Gillingham
  • Patrick Eaves (b. 1984), Canadian NHL ice hockey player from Calgary, Alberta who currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks
  • Wilberforce Vaughan Eaves (1867-1920), British Olympic bronze medalist tennis player
  • Dan Eaves (b. 1975), British auto racing driver
  • Elisabeth Eaves (b. 1971), Canadian author and journalist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leonard Eaves (b. 1916), English Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Wood Green, London, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [3]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Joseph Raymond Eaves, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [4]
  • Mr. Harold Eaves, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  3. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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