Early Origins of the Radvers family
The surname Radvers was first found in Devon
where the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Baldwin de Reviers (Revere) who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. Soon after the conquest Baldwin and William (Quillaume) de Reviers, sons of Richard of Montebourg in Calvados received Plympton and Tiverton in Devon
, the Isle of Wight, became Earl of Devon
to which Baldwin succeeded in 1107. "A castle was erected in Tiverton in 1106 by Rivers, Earl of Devon, which continued for many ages the head of a barony, and, with the lordship of the hundred
and the manor." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Baldwin de Redvers, the 1st Earl of Devon
(died 1155), was a feudal Baron
of Plympton in Devon
. His father was Richard de Redvers (or Reviers, Rivers, or Latinised to de Ripariis) ( fl.
c. 1066 - 1107) was a Norman from Reviers in Normandy
. He rose to become the 1st feudal baron of Plympton. He may have been one of the companions of William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest
but he does appear on the Role of Battle Abbey. Guillaume held a barony in Dorset
and he more properly sired the Redvers. Descending from this great Norman family name were the Redvers, the Reivers, the Courtnays, the Prouz, the Chudleighs, the Fortibus, and the Vernons.
Early History of the Radvers family
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Radvers Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Redvers, Redverse, Radvers, Reviers, Reivers, Revere and many more.
Early Notables of the Radvers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Radvers family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Radvers or a variant listed above were: Elizabeth Rever, who settled in Barbados in 1651; Apollos Revere, who settled in Boston in 1715; Leonard Revor, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738; Laurens Revere, who came to Charles Town, SC
sometime between 1767 and 1768.