The name Sarvis was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sarvis family lived in Roxburghshire
Early Origins of the Sarvis family
The surname Sarvis 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 Sarvis family
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Sarvis Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Service, Surface, Serfaes, Servas, Servaes, Serveas, Servais, Services, Serfice and many more.
Early Notables of the Sarvis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sarvis family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Sarvis or a variant listed above: Christian Servas who landed in North America in 1740; John Tobias Serveas settled in Philadelphia in 1727; John, Margaret, Thomas, and William Service settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1803 and 1853.