Early Origins of the Rever family
The surname Rever 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 Rever family
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Rever Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Rever has been recorded under many different variations, including Redvers, Redverse, Radvers, Reviers, Reivers, Revere and many more.
Early Notables of the Rever family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rever family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Revers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Rever Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Rever, who settled in Barbados in 1651
Rever Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Frederick Rever, who settled in Philadelphia in 1847
- Fredrick Rever, who settled in Philadelphia in 1847
- B. Rever, who settled in New York, NY in 1863