Jevens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Jevens surname comes from the Welsh personal name Evan. The original form of the name was Jevon, which then became Yevan and Ieuan before taking on its present form. Evan is a cognate of the personal name John.

Early Origins of the Jevens family

The surname Jevens was first found in Lincolnshire. Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the wide surname spellings over the years. Alexander le iouene was the first on record followed by John le Jofne who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1200. Over 50 years later, Bartholomew le Joevene, le Juvene was found in Bedfordshire (1254-1269.) But before that, Robert le Joefne, le Jevene was listed in the Feet of Fines for Northumberland (1242-1255.) [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include a listing for Heine filius Yevan in Salop (Shropshire.) "Jevons is an old name in Shropshire. Samuel Jevon was mayor of Shrewsbury in 1672 (Phillip's "Shrewsbury"). Jevans was the name of the bailiffs of Ludlow in 1538 and 1593." [2]

Early History of the Jevens family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jevens research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1564, 1594, 1600, 1867, 1652, 1688, 1673, 1688, 1676, 1686, 1795, 1845, 1795, 1825, 1835, 1882 and 1835 are included under the topic Early Jevens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jevens Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Jevens has seen various spelling variations: Jeavon, Jeavons, Jevin, Jevan, Jevon, Jevons, Javin, Gevin, Gevinn, Ievan and many more.

Early Notables of the Jevens family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Jevon (1652-1688), actor and playwright. He was "a dancing-master, but worked his way on to the stage, and played leading low-comedy parts in London between 1673 and 1688. He appeared as Sneak in D'Urfey's 'Fond Husband' in 1676, and made a brilliant success as Harlequin in Mountford's farcical 'Dr. Faustus.' His only published play, and probably, as a contemporary manuscript note on one of the British Museum copies says, 'the only dramatick performance of Mr. Thos. Jevon,' was 'The Devil of a Wife; or a Comical Transformation,' which was licensed...
Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jevens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Jevens family to Ireland

Some of the Jevens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 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 Jevens family

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Jevens: D. Gevinn, who sailed to New Orleans in 1820; Thomas Gevin, also to New Orleans, in 1823; and John Givin, who settled in Des Moines, Iowa by 1887.


Contemporary Notables of the name Jevens (post 1700) +

  • Bridget Jevens, American art production assistant, known for her work on Unthinkable (2010)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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