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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eaves research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eaves History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eaves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Eaves family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 arrived in New England in 1636
  • John Eaves, who landed in Maryland in 1675

Eaves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Eaves who settled in Philadelphia in 1853

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
  • John Francis Eaves, aged 19, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"

Eaves Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Eaves, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Sarah Eaves, aged 31, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Judith Eaves, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • George Eaves, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Eaves, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842


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  • 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
  • Patrick Eaves (b. 1984), American NHL player in Calgary, Alberta
  • Mr. Joseph Raymond Eaves (d. 1941), British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Harold Eaves, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • 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
  • Connie Jean Eaves FRSC (b. 1944), internationally recognized for her pioneering research in basic blood stem cell biology


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