Show ContentsRevis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Revis is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a local representative of a lord, a reeve, sheriff, steward or bailiff. [1] [2] The surname Revis was originally derived from the Old English (ge)refa which referred to a representative. [3] The name is "an official appointed by the lord of the manor to supervise his tenants' work." [4]

Early Origins of the Revis family

The surname Revis was first found in Leicestershire where Walter and James le Reve were listed in 1220. John atte Reuese was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1327. The plural form of the name which is actually most common today dates back to 1332 when Richard del Reves was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Lancashire in 1332. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Sampson le Reve, Suffolk; and John le Reve, Cambridgeshire. [5]

In Somerset, William le Reve, John le Reveson, and William le Reveson were listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [6]

Early History of the Revis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Revis research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1594, 1608, 1611, 1618, 1638, 1647, 1658, 1660, 1662, 1667, 1672, 1673, 1678, 1686, 1726, 1729, 1737, 1818, 1861, 1865 and 1900 are included under the topic Early Revis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Revis Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Revis include Reeve, Reve, Reave, Reaves, Reeves and others.

Early Notables of the Revis family

Distinguished members of the family include Edmund Reeve (1585-1647), English Justice of the Common Pleas, son of Christopher Reeve of Felthorpe, Norfolk; Edmund Reeve (died 1660), English divine, vicar of Hayes-cum-Norwood, Middlesex; Thomas Reeve (1594-1672), English Royalist divine, born at Langley, Norfolk, son of Thomas Reeve, a husbandman; John Reeve (1608-1658), an English plebeian prophet, believed the voice of God had instructed him to found a Third Commission in...
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Revis Ranking

In the United States, the name Revis is the 7,873rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Revis family to Ireland

Some of the Revis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Revis migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Revis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Clara Revis, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Nottingham, in 1892
  • John Revis, aged 24, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1899
Revis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • W. H. Revis, aged 53, who immigrated to the United States from Nottingham, in 1903
  • H. Revis, aged 55, who immigrated to America from Nottingham, in 1904
  • Wm.H. Revis, aged 59, who settled in America from Hampton England, in 1908
  • William Henry Revis, aged 60, who landed in America from Nottingham, England, in 1909
  • Frances A. Revis, aged 29, who landed in America from Bristol, England, in 1910
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Canada Revis migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Revis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • J Revis, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name Revis (post 1700) +

  • Darrelle Shavar Revis (b. 1985), American football cornerback for the New York Jets
  • Eric Revis (b. 1967), American jazz bassist and composer
  • Steven Revis, American politician, Representative from Michigan 12th District, 2002 [8]

The Revis 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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  2. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook