Screvener is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It is a name for a writer to the court.
This name comes from the Old French word scriven,
which was the title of the person employed to keep official records of trials.
Early Origins of the Screvener family
The surname Screvener was first found in Scriven, a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire
. The township comprises about 1598 acres, and includes the villages of Scriven and Tentergate, which latter forms part of the town of Knaresborough. The place name was derived from The Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
entry Scrauing(h) which in turn was derived from the Old English expression "Hollow place with pits" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Screvener family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Screvener research.Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1609, 1608, 1609, 1609, 1629 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Screvener History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Screvener Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Scriven, Scrivener, Scrivenor, Scrivner and others.
Early Notables of the Screvener family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Matthew Scrivener (1580-1609), an English colonist in Virginia, Colonial Governor of Virginia (1608-1609.) Born in Suffolk
, he drowned at the age of 28 with eight other colonists, while attempting to... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Screvener Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Screvener family to Ireland
Some of the Screvener family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 Screvener family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Screvener name or one of its variants:
Screvener Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eliza Screvener, who landed in Virginia in 1714 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)