Early Origins of the Hever family
The surname Hever was first found in Kent
at Hever, a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District. The village dates back to the Saxon Chronicle where it was listed as Heanfre in 814. Literally the place name means "high edge." Nearby, Hever Castle was originally a country house built in the 13th century. Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of King Henry VIII of England
, spent her early youth there. The castle survived over the years and is now a tourist attraction. One of the first listing of the family was found in Sussex
in the 13th century.
Early History of the Hever family
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Hever Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hever include Hever, Heaver, Hefer, Heafer, Hepher, Ever, Eever and many more.
Early Notables of the Hever family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hever family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Hever Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John William Hever, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854 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)
- Johannes Hever, aged 21, originally from Hilot, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Belgenland (1878)" from Antwerp, Belgium CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6R3-B3B : 6 December 2014), Johannes Hever, 14 Sep 1892; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Belgenland (1878), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Hever Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Dennis Hever, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Governor John Lind" from Santos Via Rio de Janeiro and Trinidad CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67C-M36 : 6 December 2014), Dennis Hever, 03 May 1919; citing departure port Santos Via Rio de Janeiro and Trinidad, arrival port New York, ship name Governor John Lind, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).