The name Heavy reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is based on the Breton personal name Aeruiu
It is composed of the elements haer,
which means battle
which means worthy.
The name was commonly introduced to England
in its Gallic form Herve.
"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Harvey.' This great personal name had not become so rare in the 12th and 13th centuries that it could escape surnominal honours. On the contrary, it is still found as a fairly familiar personal name up to the beginning of the 14th century. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Heavy family
The surname Heavy was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed early spellings of the name as both a personal name and a surname: Harvey Dunnyng and Warin Hervi in Cambridgeshire; Robert filius Hervei in Lincolnshire; and Herveus le Gos, in Lincolnshire.
"As a family designation it appears in England in the XII. cent. Osbert de Hervey is styled, in the register of St. Edmundsbury, the son of Hervey. From him according to the Peerage sprang the Herveys, ennobled in England and Ireland, and also (in all probability, from the resemblance of their arms) the De Hervi's and Hervies of Aberdeenshire and other parts of Scotland." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Distribution of the surname throughout Britain is most interesting. "Well distributed over England south of a line drawn from Hull to Chester. North of that line its frequency abruptly ceases. It is best represented in Essex, Hants, and Kent, and then in Corwall, Devon, Staffordshire, Notts, Norfolk, and Suffolk. Its preference for the coast counties, especially those in the south - east of England from Kent to Norfolk, is to be remarked." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Heavy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heavy research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1578, 1657, 1616, 1578, 1657, 1586, 1660, 1624, 1629, 1601, 1673, 1642, 1601, 1611, 1616, 1680, 1661, 1679, 1540 and are included under the topic Early Heavy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heavy Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Heavy has been recorded under many different variations, including Harvey, Hervey, Hervie, Harvie and others.
Early Notables of the Heavy family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Harvey (1578-1657), an English physician, first to describe in detail the systemic circulation and properties of blood being pumped to the body by the heart; Sir William Hervey (1586-1660), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1624 and... Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heavy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heavy family to Ireland
Some of the Heavy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 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 Heavy family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Heavys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Heavy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Heavy, who was recorded in Philadelphia in 1832
- Bryan Heavy, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1853 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)
Heavy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Peter Heavy, aged 21, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"