Gervaise is one of the names carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It is based on the Norman personal name Gervase.
The surname Gervais indicates that the bearer is a descendant of someone named Gervase. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Gervaise family
The surname Gervaise 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The first records of the family were listed in their Latin form, as in John fil. Gervacii, Cambridgeshire; William filius Gervasii, Huntingdonshire; and Stephen Gervcis, Cambridgeshire. All were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Gervaise family
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Gervaise Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gervaise have been found, including Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.
Early Notables of the Gervaise family (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 Gervaise Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gervaise family to Ireland
Some of the Gervaise family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Gervaise family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gervaise Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Jean Gervaise, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
Contemporary Notables of the name Gervaise (post 1700)
- François Louis Paul Gervaise (1816-1879), French palaeontologist and entomologist