Origins Available: English, French
England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It 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 Jervais 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 Jervais family
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Jervais Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Jervais have been found, including Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.
Early Notables of the Jervais family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jervais family to Ireland
Some of the Jervais family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jervais family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Jervais were among those contributors: 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.
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