Jarveis is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Jarveis comes from the Norman personal name Gervase.
The surname Gervais indicates that the bearer is a descendant of someone named Gervase.
Early Origins of the Jarveis family
The surname Jarveis was first found in Cornwall
. The Gervais surname also spelled Jarvis, Gervays and Gervis, was first found in Mobonnaiss and Vallee, in Brettagne, the ancient name for Brittany
, and arrived in England
with William, Duke of Normandy
, in 1066.
Early History of the Jarveis family
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Jarveis Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.
Early Notables of the Jarveis family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Gervais, (died 1268), an early English clergyman, Bishop of Carlisle in 1262 and Bishop of Winchester (1262-1268); Richard Gervays (died c.1410), of Canterbury, Kent
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Migration of the Jarveis family to Ireland
Some of the Jarveis family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Jarveis family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Jarveis or a variant listed above were: John Jarvis who landed in Salem Massachusetts in 1630 and Thomas Gervais who settled in Maryland in 1634; Robert Jervis settled in Virginia in 1660; Richard Jervis settled in Maryland in 1720.