The name Jervois reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Jervois family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Jervois is based on the Norman personal name Gervase.
The surname Gervais indicates that the bearer is a descendant of someone named Gervase. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Jervois family
The surname Jervois 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The first records of the family were listed in their Latin form, as in John fil. Gervacii, Cambridgeshire; William filius Gervasii, Huntingdonshire; and Stephen Gervcis, Cambridgeshire. All were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Jervois family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jervois research.Another 292 words (21 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 Jervois History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jervois Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Jervois are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Jervois include Gervais, Gervays, Gervis, Jarvis, Jervis and others.
Early Notables of the Jervois 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 Jervois Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jervois family to Ireland
Some of the Jervois family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 151 words (11 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 Jervois family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Jervois Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Jervois, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1870