Eves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Eves family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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 Eves family

The surname Eves 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 Eves family

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Eves Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Eve, Eves, Eaves, Evers, Ivers, Ievers and others.

Early Notables of the Eves family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Eves family to Ireland

Some of the Eves family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Eves migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Eves or a variant listed above were:

Eves Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Eves, who settled in Virgin in 1635
  • Jon Eves, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • John Eves, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Edward Eves, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [1]
  • Thomas Eves, who arrived in New Jersey in 1677 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Eves Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Eves, who settled in Virginia in 1732

Australia Eves migration to Australia +

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

Eves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Eves, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for pocket picking, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

New Zealand Eves 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:

Eves Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Eves, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Eves, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Maria Eves, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • William Eves, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Eves (post 1700) +

  • Archie Eves, American college football coach in the late 1800's
  • Howard Whitley Eves (1911-2004), American mathematician, known for his work in geometry and the history of mathematics
  • Roy W. Eves, American politician, Mayor of Cumberland, Maryland, 1952-58 [3]
  • Melvyn James "Mel" Eves (b. 1956), retired English footballer
  • Luke Eves (b. 1989), English rugby union player
  • Ernest Larry "Ernie" Eves (b. 1946), Canadian politician, the 23rd Premier of Ontario (2002-2003)


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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