Havers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Havers is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was 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 Havers is derived from the Old English word hæfer, which means he-goat. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Havers family

The surname Havers 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 Havers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Havers research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1470, 1482, 1497, 1509, 1514, 1505, 1499, 1513, 1657, 1702, 1684, 1685, 1687, 1686 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Havers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Havers Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Havers has undergone many spelling variations, including Havers, Haver and others.

Early Notables of the Havers family (pre 1700)

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 bones. "He studied at Catharine Hall, Cambridge, but left the university without taking any degree. He was admitted extra-licentiate of the College of Physicians of London on 28 July 1684, took the degree of M.D. at Utrecht...
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United States Havers migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Havers were among those contributors:

Havers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dr. D. Havers, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • John Havers, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1868

Australia Havers migration to Australia +

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

Havers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Havers, aged 58, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [4]
  • Henry Havers, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [5]

New Zealand Havers 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:

Havers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Martha Havers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1860 [6]
  • Miss Mary Ann Havers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1860 [6]
  • Miss Eliza Havers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1860 [6]
  • William Havers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Havers (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Havers (b. 1898), English golfer who won the 1923 Open Championship at Royal Troon. He had first qualified for the Open in 1914 at the age of sixteen
  • Nigel Havers (b. 1939), English television and film actor
  • Sir Cecil Havers, Supreme Court Judge
  • Robert Michael Havers, British Politician and Lawyer


  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. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Friday February 7th, 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1856.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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