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Serviss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Serviss reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Serviss family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Serviss family lived in Roxburghshire, Scotland.


Early Origins of the Serviss family


The surname Serviss 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 Serviss family


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Serviss Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Service, Surface, Serfaes, Servas, Servaes, Serveas, Servais, Services, Serfice and many more.

Early Notables of the Serviss family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Serviss family to the New World and Oceana


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Serviss name or one of its variants:

Serviss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Serviss, who settled in Philadelphia in 1832
  • Garritt P. Serviss, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1896

Serviss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • T. W. Serviss, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Garett Serviss, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Mrs. Garrett Serviss, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1911
  • William J Serviss, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Katherine Serviss, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1922

Serviss Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Serviss U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]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 Philip Serviss U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]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. Philip Serviss U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]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

Contemporary Notables of the name Serviss (post 1700)


  • Garrett Serviss (1881-1907), American silver medalist high jumper at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Garrett Putnam Serviss (1851-1929), early American astronomer and science fiction writer
  • Tom Serviss (b. 1948), Canadian retired professional WHA ice hockey player

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  1. ^ 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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