Show ContentsScriver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scriver is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after 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 Scriver family

The surname Scriver 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 Scriver family

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Scriver 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 Scriver family

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 Scriver family to Ireland

Some of the Scriver 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 Scriver 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 Scriver or a variant listed above:

Scriver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jose Scriver, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [3]

Canada Scriver migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scriver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Cpl. James Scriver U.E., (Schriver) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
Scriver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Scriver, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • John Scriver, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Contemporary Notables of the name Scriver (post 1700) +

  • Jordan Scriver, American sound engineer, known for Rod the College Years: Episode I-Attack of the Beer (2008), Raising the Dead (2011) and Rod the College Years: Episode III-Rod and the Jedi (2008)
  • Robert Macfie Scriver (1914-1999), American sculptor in Montana, born on the Blackfeet reservation of Anglophone Quebec parents
  • Seth Scriver, Canadian actor, known for Asphalt Watches (2013) and Thank You (2020)
  • Julius Scriver (1826-1907), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Huntingdon (1869-1900)
  • Charles Robert Scriver CC GOQ FRS FRSC (1930-2023), Canadian pediatrician and biochemical geneticist, a leader in establishing a Canada-wide newborn metabolic screening program

  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. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook