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The name Reavey is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a local representative of a lord. The surname Reavey originally derived from the Old English word Gerefa which referred to a representative. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.

Reavey Early Origins



The surname Reavey was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Reavey Spelling Variations


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Reavey Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Reavey are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Reavey include Reeve, Reve, Reave, Reaves, Reeves and others.

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Reavey Early History


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Reavey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reavey research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1818, 1900, 1608, 1658, 1618, 1678, 1660, 1678, 1673 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Reavey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reavey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reavey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir Charles Reeve; John Reeve (1608-1658), an English plebeian prophet, believed the voice of God had instructed him to found a Third Commission in preparation for the last days...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reavey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reavey In Ireland


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Reavey In Ireland



Some of the Reavey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Reavey or a variant listed above:

Reavey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Reavey, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1896

Reavey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Margaret Reavey, aged 18, who landed in America from Armyh, Ireland, in 1907
  • Joseph Reavey, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Patrick Reavey, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Rathfriland, Ireland, in 1911
  • William Reavey, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Charles Reavey, aged 28, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reavey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Reavey, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reavey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reavey (post 1700)



  • Alton Reavey, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 28th District, 1968
  • Agnes C. Reavey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1936
  • George Reavey (1907-1976), Russian-born Irish surrealist poet, publisher, translator and art collector

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Animum rege
Motto Translation: Rule thy mind.


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Reavey Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    11. ...

    The Reavey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reavey 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.

    This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 11:16.

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