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The origins of the Reeve surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Reeve began when someone in that family worked as a local representative of a lord. The surname Reeve 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.

Reeve Early Origins



The surname Reeve 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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Reeve Spelling Variations


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Reeve 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 Reeve has appeared include Reeve, Reve, Reave, Reaves, Reeves and others.

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Reeve Early History


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Reeve Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reeve 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 Reeve History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reeve Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reeve 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 Reeve Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reeve In Ireland


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Reeve In Ireland



Some of the Reeve 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



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 Reeve arrived in North America very early:

Reeve Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Reeve, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Nathaniel] Reeve, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Joe Reeve settled in New England in 1634
  • Francis Reeve who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Reeve settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reeve Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Reeve, who landed in Virginia in 1704

Reeve Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Reeve, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Alfred, Charles, James, John, Mark, Robert Reeve all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1870

Reeve Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Reeve, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Thomas Reeve, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Reeve Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Reeve, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • George Reeve, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • C. Reeve arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dawson" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAWSON 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dawsons.gif
  • Joseph Reeve, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Caroline Reeve arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Flora" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reeve Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Reeve arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alexandrina" in 1871
  • Alexander Reeve, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • George Reeve, aged 34, a farmer, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Reeve, aged 32, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Annie E. Reeve, aged 10, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reeve (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reeve (post 1700)



  • Jill Reeve (b. 1969), American bronze medalist field hockey defender
  • Christopher D'Olier Reeve (1952-2004), American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author and activist, known for his role as Superman, founder of the Christopher Reeve Foundation
  • George B. Reeve, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Suffolk County 1st District, 1933
  • George B. Reeve, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 8th District, 1862-63
  • Emmor Reeve, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Salem County, 1861-63
  • Christopher D'Olier Reeve (1952-2004), American Democrat politician, Speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1996
  • J. Reeve, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868
  • John A. Reeve (1859-1935), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Burlington, 1887, 1929-30
  • John H. Reeve, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County 2nd District, 1868, 1876
  • Joshua Reeve, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Suffolk County, 1797-98
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Reeve Historic Events


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Reeve Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert E Reeve (b. 1901), English Leading Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Norwich, Norfolk, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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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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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAWSON 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dawsons.gif
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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