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Service History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Service is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Service family lived in Roxburghshire, Scotland.


Early Origins of the Service family


The surname Service 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 Service family


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Service Spelling Variations


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Service family name include Service, Surface, Serfaes, Servas, Servaes, Serveas, Servais, Services, Serfice and many more.

Early Notables of the Service family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Service family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Service family to immigrate North America:

Service Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph, Robert and Samuel Service, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766

Service Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John, Margaret, Thomas, and William Service, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1803 and 1853
  • Thomas Service, aged 18, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James Service, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Robert Service, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Alexander Service, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Service Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Philip Service U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. John Service U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Matilda [South Dundas], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Service Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • D. J. Service, aged 36, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • B. Service, aged 38, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Edwin C. Service, aged 1, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Josiah F. Service, aged 15, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Jabez P. Service, aged 13, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Service (post 1700)


  • Robert W Service (1874-1958), English-born, Canadian Poet who is best known for "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" (1907/1915)
  • James Edward "Jim" Service (1931-2017), American Vice Admiral of the United States Navy during the Cold War
  • Elman Rogers Service (1915-1996), American cultural anthropologist
  • John Stewart Service (1909-1999), Chinese-born, American diplomat, son of Robert Roy Service, an American missionary for the Y.M.C.A.; he was accused by McCarthy of Communist sympathies, but later invited on President Nixon's visit to China in 1971
  • John Service (1833-1884), Scottish divine, born at Campsie, son of John Service, engraver
  • Professor Robert John Service (b. 1947), British historian, academic, and author, known for his works on the history of the Soviet Union
  • James Service (1823-1899), Scottish-born, Australian politician, 12th Premier of Victoria in 1880

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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


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