England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Jervays 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 Jervays 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 Jervays family
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Jervays Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Jervays include Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.
Early Notables of the Jervays family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jervays family to Ireland
Some of the Jervays family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jervays family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Jervayss to arrive on North American shores: 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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