Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Jarvie family, whose name 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 Jarvie family
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 Jarvie family
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Jarvie Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.
Early Notables of the Jarvie 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, an English politician, a Member of...
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Migration of the Jarvie family to Ireland
Some of the Jarvie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jarvie family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Jarvie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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