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The name Scrivens reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Scrivens family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest in 1066. Scrivens 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.

Scrivens Early Origins



The surname Scrivens 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]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" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Scrivens Spelling Variations


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Scrivens Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Scrivens are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Scrivens include Scriven, Scrivener, Scrivenor, Scrivner and others.

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Scrivens Early History


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Scrivens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scrivens research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1609, 1608, 1609, 1629 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Scrivens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scrivens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Scrivens Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scrivens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scrivens In Ireland


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Scrivens In Ireland



Some of the Scrivens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Scrivens, or a variant listed above:

Scrivens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wilfred Nason Scrivens, aged 26, who landed in America from Birmingham, in 1903
  • Robert Scrivens, aged 59, who emigrated to America from Watford, Herts, England, in 1907
  • Albert James Scrivens, aged 19, who settled in America from Peckston, England, in 1909
  • Elizabeth Scrivens, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Clara Scrivens, aged 38, who landed in America from Walthanstow, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Scrivens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Scrivens, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Scrivens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Scrivens (post 1700)



  • Thomas "Tom" Scrivens (1876-1899), English professional footballer
  • Jean Eileen Scrivens (1935-1956), English silver medalist athlete at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Benjamin John Scrivens (b. 1986), Canadian ice hockey goaltender

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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  11. ...

The Scrivens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scrivens Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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