The name MacAvera originated with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the given name Averary.
For example, the first recorded instance of the name is Rogerus filius
Averary. His name means Rogerus son of Averary. Over time, the name changed until it achieved its modern form.
Early Origins of the MacAvera family
The surname MacAvera was first found in the county of Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Rogerus filius
Averary resided in the year 1166, and held manors and estates. One branch of the family was found in Egginton, Derbyshire
from ancient times. "The church [of Egginton], an ancient structure with a nave, chancel, aisles, and a neat low tower, contains several monuments to the Every family, and has some remains of stained glass." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the MacAvera family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAvera research.Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1664, 1654, 1643, 1679, 1679, 1620, 1700, 1653, 1696 and 1690 are included under the topic Early MacAvera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacAvera Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name MacAvera has appeared include Avery, Averie, Avary, Every, MacAvera and others.
Early Notables of the MacAvera family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Avery; Samuel Avery (died 1664) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654; John Every (c 1643-1679), an English landowner and politician from Dorset
who sat in the House of Commons in 1679; James... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacAvera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacAvera family to Ireland
Some of the MacAvera family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 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 MacAvera family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name MacAvera arrived in North America very early: Jacob and George who settled in Virginia in 1635. Christopher Avery settled in Gloucester Massachusetts in 1640.