The ancestors of the Jervass family first reached the shores of England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Their name is derived from the Norman personal name Gervase.
The surname Gervais indicates that the bearer is a descendant of someone named Gervase.
Early Origins of the Jervass family
The surname Jervass 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 Jervass family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jervass 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 Jervass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jervass 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 Jervass 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... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jervass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jervass family to Ireland
Some of the Jervass 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jervass family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Jervass or a variant listed above: 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.