Show ContentsHaver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Haver is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person associated with a male goat, perhaps through ownership of such an animal or a perceived physical or temperamental resemblance to that animal. The surname Haver is derived from the Old English word hæfer, which means he-goat. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Haver family

The surname Haver was first found in Norfolk where Hugh, Simon Hauer was the first mention of the family in the Pipe Rolls of 1199 and later in the Pipe Rolls of Essex in 1230. [1]

From these earliest records, we must move to the north in Scotland to find later information. "Gilbert Heware, chaplain, witnessed an instrument of sasine, 1446, and Robert Hafere was one of the perambulators of the bounds of Prestwick, in the same year." [3]

Early History of the Haver family

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Haver Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Haver has appeared include Havers, Haver and others.

Early Notables of the Haver family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Clopton Havers (1657-1702), an English physician and pioneer on the microstructure of bone, believed to have been the first person to observe the eponymous Haversian canals and Sharpey's fibres in bon...
  • Besides his medical practice, Havers occupied himself with anatomy, and was admitted fellow of the Royal Society on 15 Dec...

United States Haver migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Haver arrived in North America very early:

Haver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Haver, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [4]
  • Elizabeth Haver, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [4]
Haver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Catrina Haver, aged 10, who landed in New York in 1710 [4]
  • Christiaen Haver, who arrived in New York in 1715-1716 [4]
  • Nicholas Haver, who landed in Georgia in 1737 [4]
Haver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Haver, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [4]

Australia Haver migration to Australia +

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

Haver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Haver, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [5]
  • Adam Haver, aged 15, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [5]
  • Mathew Haver, aged 14, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [5]

New Zealand Haver 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:

Haver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Haver, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Haver (post 1700) +

  • Robert T. Haver, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1964 [6]
  • Bernard Haver, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 6th District, 1870-71 [6]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. 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)
  5. South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook