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The name Gervis arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Gervis comes from the Norman personal name Gervase. The surname Gervais indicates that the bearer is a descendant of someone named Gervase.

Gervis Early Origins



The surname Gervis 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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Gervis Spelling Variations


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Gervis Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.

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Gervis Early History


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Gervis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gervis 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 Gervis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gervis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gervis 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 Gervis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gervis In Ireland


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Gervis In Ireland



Some of the Gervis 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gervis or a variant listed above:

Gervis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Humphry Gervis, who arrived in Maryland in 1677

Gervis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H. Gervis, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Gervis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Johanna Gervis, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1901
  • Emilie Gervis, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States, in 1901
  • Emilie Gervis, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1901
  • Willy Vigge Gervis, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Juliet Gervis, aged 22, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1924

Gervis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gervis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gervis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gervis (post 1700)



  • Sir George William Tapps- Gervis (1795-1842), 2nd Baronet, a British politician and land developer
  • Sir George Christopher Cadafael Tapps- Gervis -Meyrick (b. 1941), 7th Baronet
  • Sir George David Eliott Tapps- Gervis -Meyrick (1915-1988), 6th Baronet
  • Sir George Llewelyn Tapps- Gervis -Meyrick (1885-1960), 5th Baronet
  • Sir George Augustus Eliott Tapps- Gervis -Meyrick (1855-1928), 4th Baronet

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Gervis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gervis 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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