Iveston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Iveston is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name Ivar, derived from the Old French name Ivar, which arrived in England shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Iveston was also derived from the Saint Ives, whose name was also found as St. Ives in Huntingdonshire. [1]

The name is "probably connected with Ives, the saint who gave the title to St. Ives in Huntingdonshire (who, legend says, was a Persian bishop, and set up a hermitage on that spot), and Iva, similarly commemorated at St. Ives in Cornwall." [2]

Early Origins of the Iveston family

The surname Iveston was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Walter filius Ive, Salop (Shropshire); William filius Ive, Cornwall; and Ive Hook, Huntingdonshire were all listed as holding lands at that time. [2]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Adam Iveson; Yvo Milner; and Yvo Pape. [2] [3]

Early History of the Iveston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Iveston research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1383, 1690, 1708, 1773, 1838, 1592, 1620, 1653, 1485, 1444, 1454, 1602, 1560, 1597, 1601, 1600, 1662, 1600, 1653, 1653, 1674 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Iveston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Iveston Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Iveston has been recorded under many different variations, including Iveson, Iverson, Ivison and others.

Early Notables of the Iveston family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Abraham Iverson (Iveson) English planter to America who acquired 655 acres of land on the southwest side of the North River, Gloucester County, Virginia and rose to become Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1653. William Ive or Ivy (d. 1485), was an English theologian who studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was afterwards a fellow and lecturer in theology there. He was head-master at Winchester College from 1444 to 1454. [4] Paul Ive ( fl. 1602), was an English writer on fortification who appears to have been a member of Corpus Christi...
Another 144 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Iveston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Iveston family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Iveston or a variant listed above: Richard and Thomas Iveson settled in Barbados in 1635; another Richard Iveson settled in St. Christopher in 1635.



  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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