Sarver is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sarver family lived in Roxburghshire
Early Origins of the Sarver family
The surname Sarver was first found in Roxburghshire
where they held a family seat
. It is believed that this family were amongst the many Norman families in dispute with King Stephen of England
, who followed David, Earl of Huntingdon
north to Scotland
, where, upon being crowned King of Scotland, granted many of his followers wide tracts of land in lowland Scotland
about 1140. The ancient seal of the family shows a Virgin and Child.
Early History of the Sarver family
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Sarver Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Service, Surface, Serfaes, Servas, Servaes, Serveas, Servais, Services, Serfice and many more.
Early Notables of the Sarver family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sarver family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Sarver or a variant listed above were:
Sarver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Sarver, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Sarver (post 1700)
- Jeremy Michael Sarver (b. 1981), American singer
- Robert Sarver (b. 1961), American businessman, current majority owner of the Phoenix Suns
- Bruce Sarver (1962-2005), American NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car driver (1996 to 2002)
- Madden Sarver, Canadian man awarded the Medal of Bravery by Gov. Gen. David Johnston in 2011