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.
Early Origins of the Gervis family
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.
Early History of the Gervis family
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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.
Early Notables of the Gervis 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
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Migration of the Gervis family to Ireland
Some of the Gervis family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Gervis family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm
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