Servais is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Servais family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The Servais family lived in Roxburghshire
Early Origins of the Servais family
The surname Servais was first found in Roxburghshire
where they held a family seat
. It is believed that this family were amongst the many Norman families in dispute with King Stephen of England
, who followed David, Earl of Huntingdon
north to Scotland
, where, upon being crowned King of Scotland, granted many of his followers wide tracts of land in lowland Scotland
about 1140. The ancient seal of the family shows a Virgin and Child.
Early History of the Servais family
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Servais Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Servais have been found, including Service, Surface, Serfaes, Servas, Servaes, Serveas, Servais, Services, Serfice and many more.
Early Notables of the Servais family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Servais family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Servais were among those contributors: Christian Servas who landed in North America in 1740; John Tobias Serveas settled in Philadelphia in 1727; John, Margaret, Thomas, and William Service settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1803 and 1853.