Jarvis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Jarvis is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Jarvis family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Jarvis comes from the Norman personal name Gervase. The surname Gervais indicates that the bearer is a descendant of someone named Gervase. [1]

Gervase of Canterbury (Gervasius Dorobornensis) ( fl. 1188), was an English "chronicler, was born, apparently of a Kentish family, about 1141. As he had a brother Thomas in his monastery, who is conjectured to be identical with one Thomas of Maidstone, we have a possible clue to his birthplace; but the information is too imperfect to warrant more than an hypothesis. Gervase became a monk of Christ Church, Canterbury, on the first Saturday in Lent, 16 Feb. 1163." [2]

Gervase of Chichester (fl. 1170), was an English commentator, one of the band of learned young men who gathered round Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury and Gervase of Tilbury (fl. 1211), was author of the ‘Otia Imperialia,’ was no doubt a native of Tilbury in Essex, though he appears to have been brought up in Rome, and to have spent some years of his early life in Italy. [2]

Early Origins of the Jarvis family

The surname Jarvis 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. [3]

The first records of the family were listed in their Latin form, as in John fil. Gervacii, Cambridgeshire; William filius Gervasii, Huntingdonshire; and Stephen Gervcis, Cambridgeshire. All were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [4]

Early History of the Jarvis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jarvis research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1268, 1262, 1262, 1268, 1410, 1393, 1397, 1587, 1654, 1621, 1625, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1653, 1616, 1693, 1666 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Jarvis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jarvis Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Jarvis were recorded, including Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.

Early Notables of the Jarvis 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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Ireland Migration of the Jarvis family to Ireland

Some of the Jarvis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Jarvis migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Jarvis arrived in North America very early:

Jarvis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Jarvis who landed in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Francis Jarvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [5]
  • Benjamin Jarvis, who landed in America in 1646 [5]
  • Sarah Jarvis, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [5]
  • Ed Jarvis, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [5]
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Jarvis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Jarvis, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [5]
  • Arthur Jarvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]
  • Mary Jarvis, who landed in Carolina in 1724 [5]
  • Freeman Jarvis, who landed in New England in 1736 [5]
  • Abraham Jarvis, who arrived in New England in 1764 [5]
Jarvis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Jarvis, aged 16, who arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [5]
  • Oliver John Jarvis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [5]
  • David Jarvis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [5]
  • James J Jarvis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • William Jarvis, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [5]
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Canada Jarvis migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jarvis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Col. Stephen Jarvis U.E. (b. 1756) born in Danbury, Connecitcut, USA from Danbury, Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick on December 13, 1783 he enlisted in 1775 serving in the Queen's Rangers, was a passenger aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, resettled in Toronto, Ontario he died in 1840 married to Amelia Glover they had 6 children [6]
  • Mrs. Margaret Jarvis U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 385 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [6]
  • Master. John Jarvis U.E. (b. 1772), aged 11 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 593 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [6]
  • Esq. William Jarvis U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 cousin of Capt Stephen Jarvis [6]
  • Mr. John Jarvis U.E. (b. 1752) born in Connecticut, USA who settled in Portland [North End], Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1845 [6]
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Australia Jarvis migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jarvis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Jarvis, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Henry F. Jarvis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [8]
  • Mr. William Jarvis, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • William Jarvis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Medway" in 1846 [10]
  • Richard Jarvis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [11]
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New Zealand Jarvis migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jarvis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Jarvis, aged 20, a compositor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Alexander Jarvis, aged 24, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Mr. Henry Mahon Jarvis, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Deborah" arriving in New Zealand in 1843 [12]
  • Henry Jarvis, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
  • Thomas Jarvis, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Winterthur" in 1866
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Contemporary Notables of the name Jarvis (post 1700) +

  • Boyd H. Jarvis (1958-2018), American record producer, remixer and musician, best known co-writing "The Music Got Me";
  • Robert Winston "Cob" Jarvis (1932-2014), star basketball player at the University of Mississippi who went on to become the school's head basketball coach from 1969 to 1976
  • Francis Jarvis (1878-1933), American Olympian who won gold during the 1900 games
  • Captain David Henry Jarvis (1862-1911), American seaman who received the Congressional Gold Medal, eponym of the USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725), a United States Coast Guard cutter
  • James C. Jarvis (1787-1800), American midshipman in the United States Navy killed at the age of thirteen, eponym of the USS Jarvis (DD-393), a Bagley-class destroyer and the USS Jarvis (DD-799), a Fletcher-class destroyer
  • Thomas Jordan Jarvis (1836-1915), American politician, 44th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina (1879 to 1885)
  • Kevin Thomas Jarvis (b. 1969), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Gregory Bruce Jarvis (1944-1986), American civilian payload specialist who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, eponym of the Jarvis lunar crater
  • Frank Washington Jarvis (1878-1933), American athlete, and the Olympic 100m champion of 1900
  • Anna Marie Jarvis (1864-1948), founder of the Mother's Day holiday in the United States
  • ... (Another 60 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Nicholas Dunstan Jarvis (1936-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Glenfield, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [13]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. William John Jarvis (1923-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Malvern, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • John Stewart Williamson Jarvis (d. 1945), British Sub Lieutenant aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leonard R Jarvis (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Wigston, Leicester, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Arthur C Jarvis (b. 1905), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Northallerton, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Jarvis (d. 1912), aged 37, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Denzil John Jarvis (d. 1912), aged 47, English Second Class passenger from Stoneygate, Leicestershire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]


Suggested Readings for the name Jarvis +

  • 927 The Hemrick and Allied Families by Grace H. Jarvis.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDWAY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Medway.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  14. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  15. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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