Scriven History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Scriven was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Scriven is 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 Scriven family

The surname Scriven 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 [1] entry Scrauing(h) which in turn was derived from the Old English expression "Hollow place with pits" [2]

Early History of the Scriven family

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Scriven Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Scriven, Scrivener, Scrivenor, Scrivner and others.

Early Notables of the Scriven 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, England, he drowned at the age of 28 with eight other colonists, while attempting to cross to nearby Hog Island in a storm in 1609. His brother John Scrivener...
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Ireland Migration of the Scriven family to Ireland

Some of the Scriven family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Scriven migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Scriven or a variant listed above:

Scriven Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Scriven, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Scriven, aged 18, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Nathanial Scriven, who settled in Nevis in 1663
  • Arthur Scriven, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Mary Scriven, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [3]
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Scriven Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Scriven, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [3]

Australia Scriven migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Scriven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Scriven, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • John Scriven, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • James Scriven, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [6]
  • John Scriven, aged 45, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune" [7]
  • Robert Scriven, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Contemporary Notables of the name Scriven (post 1700) +

  • Mary Stenson Scriven (b. 1962), United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Zebulon Scriven, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1814-15 [8]
  • Edward Scriven (1775-1841), English engraver, born, according to his own account, at Alcester, Warwickshire, but his name does not appear in the parish register of that place
  • Timothy John Adam Scriven (b. 1965), first-class cricketer for Somerset (1988 to 1989)
  • Paul James Scriven (b. 1966), Liberal Democrat Leader of Sheffield City Council (2008 to 2011)
  • Henry William Scriven (b. 1951), English Anglican bishop
  • The Rt Rev Augustine Scriven (1852-1916), Anglican priest, Bishop of British Columbia
  • Peter Scriven MBE (1930-1998), founding Artistic Director of the Marionette Theatre of Australia
  • Joseph Medlicott Scriven (1819-1886), Irish poet, best known for his poem "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
  • Margaret Croft "Peggy" Scriven -Vivian (1912-2001), British tennis champion


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1853.shtml.
  7. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 26 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Neptune 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/neptune1853.shtml.
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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