Soon after the Norman Conquest
in 1066, the name Pevy was recognized on the island as a name for a friend, and is a somewhat nondescript form of affectionate address, somewhat like pal
in modern English. The name translates from the Old French root belfiz
of the same meaning. The modern French meaning of the word as son in law
was not in place until 1468.
Early Origins of the Pevy family
The surname Pevy was first found in Hampshire
, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. They were descended from the Beauvais in Normandy
, and appear on the honor roll of Battell Abbey, as accompanying Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Pevy family
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Pevy 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 Bevis, Bevys, Beavis, Beavys and others.
Early Notables of the Pevy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pevy family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. 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 Atlantic. 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 Pevy or a variant listed above: Benjamin Bevis who settled in Maryland in 1663; David Bevis settled in New England
in 1698; Elizabeth Bevis settled in Virginia in 1654; Carol Bevois (Bevvis) settled in New Netherlands
in 1659. This family were registered as a distinguished family in the U.S.A..