Origins Available: French
The surname Heaven is a patronymic
surname created from the Welsh personal name
Lefan, or Evan, which is a cognate of the personal name John.
Early Origins of the Heaven family
The surname Heaven was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Heaven family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heaven research.Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1632, 1080, 1607, 1660, 1645, 1679, 1630, 1702, 1720, 1693, 1734, 1723, 1715, 1680, 1749 and are included under the topic Early Heaven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heaven Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Heaven name over the years has been spelled Evans, Evan, Evance, Evands, Evanson, Evason, Evens, Evenson and many more.
Early Notables of the Heaven family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Rhirid Flaith a descendant in the Evans line about 1080; Arise Evans (or Rhys or Rice Evans) (1607-1660), a Welsh
prophet and fanatic; Saint Philip Evans (1645-1679), Welsh
priest, declared guilty of treason and executed, one of The Forty Martyrs of... Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heaven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heaven family to Ireland
Some of the Heaven family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heaven family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Heaven:
Heaven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Heaven, aged 45, who arrived in Missouri in 1844 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)
Heaven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Harriet Heaven, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
Heaven Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Heaven, aged 30, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
- Julia A. Heaven, aged 30, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
- Julia E. Heaven, aged 6, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
- Albert Henry Heaven, aged 4, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
- William Heaven, aged 4 months, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874