lavers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname lavers is derived from the Old English "laefer," and indicates a "dweller by the bulrushes or the wild iris." [1] The name is also borne by places in the county of Essex: High Laver, Little Laver, and Magdalen Laver. [2]

Early Origins of the lavers family

The surname lavers was first found in Essex, where Eustace de Lagefara was listed in the Pipe Rolls for 1190. Later, Reginald de Laufare was listed in 1276 and John Laver was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Cheshire in 1327. [3]

"The Lavers bear an ancient name, and are now established in Somerset and Dorset. In the 13th century Le Laverd was an Oxfordshire name, and Laver occurred in Cambridgeshire." [4]

Early History of the lavers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lavers research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1276 and 1327 are included under the topic Early lavers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lavers Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Laver, Lavers, Laufer, Lauver, Lauvers, Laufers and others.

Early Notables of the lavers family (pre 1700)

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United States lavers migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name lavers or a variant listed above:

lavers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Lavers, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [5]
lavers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agnes S. Lavers, aged 25, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Clifton G. Lavers, aged 29, who settled in America from London, in 1892
  • Martin Lavers, aged 51, who landed in America from Camborne, in 1897
  • Mr. Martin Lavers, (b. 1846), aged 51, Cornish wine agent, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Paris" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 27th November 1897 en route to New York, USA [6]
lavers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Heleni Edith Lavers, aged 44, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Patrick C. Lavers, aged 31, who settled in America from Killarney, in 1904
  • Selina Lavers, aged 35, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Wm. James Lavers, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from St Buryan, in 1907
  • Herbert J Lavers, aged 22, who settled in America from Byde, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada lavers migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lavers Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Geo F Lavers, aged 23, who arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1922

Australia lavers migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

lavers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Phillip Lavers, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [7]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Lavers, (b. 1835), aged 45, Cornish housekeeper travelling aboard the ship "Campertown" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 9th June 1880 [8]
  • Miss Fanny Lavers, (b. 1876), aged 4, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Campertown" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 9th June 1880 [8]

New Zealand lavers migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

lavers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Lavers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th August 1859 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name lavers (post 1700) +

  • Richard Lavers, American mathematician, working in set theory
  • Sydney Charles Robert Lavers (1890-1972), English Labour Party politician
  • Captain Charles Stewart Touzeau Lavers (b. 1896), English World War I flying ace credited with nine aerial victories, recipient of Distinguished Flying Cross, British Empire Medal
  • Les Lavers (b. 1900), Australian rules footballer
  • Jack Francis Lee Lavers (b. 1917), Australian Tasmanian cricket player
  • Dr. Chris Lavers, senior lecturer and author in natural history at the School of Geography, University of Nottingham

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Odessa Alberta  Lavers (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mr. Everett Leslie  Lavers (1876-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William G Lavers, British Chief Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Caryl Lavers (b. 1919), English Ordnance Artificer from Oreston, Plymouth, England, who sailed on board the HMS Repulse and died prior to its sinking [12]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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