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The distinguished surname laver is derived from the Old English "laefer," and indicates a "dweller by the bulrushes or the wild iris." The name is also borne by places in the county of Essex: High Laver, Little Laver, and Magdalen Laver.

laver Early Origins



The surname laver was first found in Essex, where the laver family first emerged. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, Duke William granted the lands of England to his barons for their service at the Battle of Hastings. Following the Norman custom, many of these new land-owners took on the name of their holdings as a surname. Thus, it is believed that the first bearers of the name laver in England were the tenants of the settlements of High Laver, Little Laver, and Magdalen Laver in Essex.

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laver Spelling Variations


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laver 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 Laver, Lavers, Laufer, Lauver, Lauvers, Laufers and others.

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laver Early History


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laver Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laver research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1276, and 1327 are included under the topic Early laver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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laver Early Notables (pre 1700)


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laver Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early laver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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 laver or a variant listed above:

laver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Laver, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635

laver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Laver, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1751
  • Michael Laver, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751

laver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Laver, a shoemaker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Henry Laver, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • John Laver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm

laver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Laver arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Charles Laver arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • Caroline Laver arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • Robert Laver arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881
  • Mercy Laver arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name laver (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name laver (post 1700)



  • Arnold Laver, founder of Arnold Laver Ltd, and English timber merchant with over 800 employees
  • Frank Laver (1869-1919), Australian cricketer
  • Rod Laver (b. 1938), Australian professional tennis player who holds many singles titles
  • James Laver (b. 1975), British well-known writer and art critic

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laver Historic Events


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laver Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Douglas R Laver, British, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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laver Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  11. ...

The laver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laver Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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