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The surname is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Maves family name comes from the Norman name Malvoisin. The name originated on the Isle de France in the 10th century.
The surname Maves was first found in Staffordshire where this distinguished Norman family held the lands and were Lords of the Manor of Mavesyn-Ridware at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in the year 1086 A.D. The Lords of Rosny, of Gastinois in the Isle of France first assumed the name Malvoisin. The first was Sir Guy Mauvoisin who fought under St. Louis against the Saracens of Egypt. His son, Raoul Mauvoisin, was known as Le Barbu. His two sons Robert and Hugo, and grandson William all attended Duke William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. His daughter Adeline, married into the distinguished Maules of Yorkshire. Ascelyn, his son, held the village of Mayvesin in 1086 from Earl Roger.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Mauvoisin, Malvoisin, Malvesyn, Mauvesyn, Mavesyn, Malveysin, Mauveysin, Malvoisine, Malevoisine, Maleveisin, Mauvaysin and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maves research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1200, 1202, and 1403 are included under the topic Early Maves History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Maves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Maves or a variant listed above: Francis Malvesin who landed in America in 1750; William Malvin and his five sons and four daughters arrived in New York in 1810; Michael Malvin arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1833.
The Maves Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maves 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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