England following 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 Jervay 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 Jervay family
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Jervay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Jervay family name include Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.
Early Notables of the Jervay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jervay family to Ireland
Some of the Jervay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jervay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Jervay family to immigrate North America: 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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