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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jarvis research. Another 351 words (25 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.
Another 137 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jarvis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Jarvis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
- Benjamin Jarvis, who landed in America in 1646
- Sarah Jarvis, who landed in Virginia in 1653
- Ed Jarvis, who landed in Virginia in 1666
Jarvis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eliza Jarvis, who landed in Virginia in 1702
- Arthur Jarvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Mary Jarvis, who landed in Carolina in 1724
- Freeman Jarvis, who landed in New England in 1736
- Abraham Jarvis, who arrived in New England in 1764
Jarvis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Jarvis, aged 16, arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
- Oliver John Jarvis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
- David Jarvis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
- James J Jarvis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- William Jarvis, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860
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
- 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
- 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
- Esq. William Jarvis U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 cousin of Capt Stephen Jarvis
- 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
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, Austraila
- Henry F. Jarvis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839
- William Jarvis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Medway" in 1846
- Richard Jarvis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
- Artelicia Jarvis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
Jarvis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Jarvis, aged 20, a compositor, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Alexander Jarvis, aged 24, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
- Henry Jarvis landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
- Thomas Jarvis arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Winterthur" in 1866
- Rosa A. Jarvis, aged 23, a nursemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
- 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
- Barbara Jarvis, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1972
- Andrew A. Jarvis, American Republican politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Portsmouth 2nd Ward, 1948
- C. A. Jarvis (b. 1877), American Democrat politician, Chair of Calhoun County Democratic Party, 1929; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Calhoun County, 1933-34, 1939-40
- Charlene Drew Jarvis, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Washington, District of Columbia, 1990; Presidential Elector for District of Columbia, 1992
- The Hemrick and Allied Families by Grace H. Jarvis.
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- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
The Jarvis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jarvis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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