Scrivent is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 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 Scrivent family
The surname Scrivent 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 Scrivent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scrivent 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 Scrivent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Scrivent 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 Scriven, Scrivener, Scrivenor, Scrivner and others.
Early Notables of the Scrivent 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 Scrivent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Scrivent family to Ireland
Some of the Scrivent 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 Scrivent 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 Scrivent or a variant listed above were: Arthur Scriven settled in Virginia in 1663; John Scriven settled in Barbados in 1665; Nathanial Scriven settled in Nevis in 1663; Robert Scriven settled in Virginia in 1635.