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The ancestors of the Gervais family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Gervais came from the Norman personal name Gervase. The surname Gervais indicates that the bearer is a descendant of someone named Gervase.

Gervais Early Origins



The surname Gervais was first found in Cornwall. The Gervais surname also spelled Jarvis, Gervays and Gervis, was first found in Mobonnaiss and Vallee, in Brettagne, the ancient name for Brittany, and arrived in England with William, Duke of Normandy, in 1066.

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Gervais Spelling Variations


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Gervais Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Gervais are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gervais include Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.

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Gervais Early History


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Gervais Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gervais research. Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1268, 1262, 1262, 1268, 1410, 1393, 1397, 1587, 1654, 1621, 1625, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1653, 1616, 1693, 1666 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Gervais History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gervais Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gervais Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Gervais, (died 1268), an early English clergyman, Bishop of Carlisle in 1262 and Bishop of Winchester (1262-1268); Richard Gervays (died c.1410), of Canterbury, Kent, an English politician, a Member of...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gervais Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gervais In Ireland


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Gervais In Ireland



Some of the Gervais family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Gervais, or a variant listed above:

Gervais Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Gervais who settled in Maryland in 1634

Gervais Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Gervais settled in Louisiana in 1756
  • Charles Nicholas D. Gervais settled in Philadelphia in 1799

Gervais Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Gervais settled in Philadelphia in 1860
  • Edmond Gervais, aged 32, who settled in America from Paris, in 1899

Gervais Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Armand Gervais, aged 22, who landed in America from Paris, in 1905
  • Eleonore Gervais, aged 4, who landed in America from S. Paul, France, in 1908
  • Agnes Gervais, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from France, in 1908
  • Georges Gervais, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Bordeaux, France, in 1918
  • Gaspard Gervais, aged 47, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gervais Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jehan Gervais, who landed in Montreal in 1653

Gervais Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • J. Horace Gervais, aged 34, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1912

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gervais (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gervais (post 1700)



  • Paul Gervais (b. 1946), American novelist and garden-designer, his novel, Extraordinary People, was nominated for the PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1992
  • John Lewis Gervais (1741-1798), German-born, American planter and statesman from South Carolina who served as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783
  • Paul Gervais, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • John Lewis Gervais (1741-1798), American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1781-82; Delegate to Continental Congress from South Carolina, 1782-83
  • Edward H. Gervais, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1944
  • Jacques Gervais, Baron Subervie, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Paul Mullins Gervais (b. 1925), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke (1968-1972)
  • Marc Gervais S.J. (1929-2012), Canadian Jesuit priest, film scholar, writer, and film consultant, Commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission from 1981 until 1986
  • Henri Louis Jean Gervais, French Prefect of Eure-et-Loire, Officer of the Legion of Honour
  • Bruno Gervais (b. 1984), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

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