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. The surname Revis 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.
Early Origins of the Revis family
The surname Revis 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.
Early History of the Revis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Revis 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 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 (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 Revis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Revis family to Ireland
Some of the Revis 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.
Migration of the Revis family to the New World and Oceana
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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Nottingham, in 1903
- H. Revis, aged 55, who emigrated 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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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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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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.