Last name: Eves

This interesting surname has two possible origins. Firstly, it may be metonymic from the female given name Eve, originally "Hawwah" meaning life and given to Adam's wife. "And the man called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living" (Genesis 111, 20). "Eva" (without surname) appears in the Danelaw Charters, Lincolnshire (1206), and John filius (son of) Eve, is noted in the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire (1273). The second possibility is topographical deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century "efes" meaning border and describes "a dweller by the border or edge" of a wood or hill. One, John atte Reuese, appears in the 1327 Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire and Robert del Eves, is noted in the 1332 Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire. In the modern idiom the surname has many variant spellings including Eaves, Eavis, Reeves, Evison, etc.. On September 1st 1572, Ann Eves was christened at St. Mary Whitechapel, Stepney, London. Annes, daughter of Richard Eves, was christened on May 14th 1581, at St. Giles Cripplegate, London. The christening of Sybil, daughter of William Eves, took place at St. Margaret's, Westminster, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John atte Euese, which was dated 1275, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Tiffani Eves
I live in California, I come from a mixed family. The surname Eves was given to a freed slave in Pennsylvania (I think), that is all the info I have. I am curious to find how far my family relations go...

Jon Edwards
L.Eves, That should be 1750, William Eves brn 1750 mrd Mary Masters 1789 Kingsbury Episcopi I believe that I have traced this line back to Lancashire

john edwards
Researching my Eves line from Kingsbury Episcopi would be prepared to exchange information

Jeff Eves
As far as I have been able to establish all of the branches of the Eves family appear to originate in Lancashire and it appears that some of it's members have been moved by the then compulsory military service during the 14th and 15th centuries into the southern counties where concentrations of the name still exist examples are Exeter, where Thomas de Eves who's field commander was Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter at a garrison in Harfleur France. Another is Richard Fitz Alan, Earl of Arundel John Eves was an Archer on one of the ships in the fleet that fought and beat the French fleet, all of the Eves family at this time all came from Fishwck, Wisewell, Parr which are areas in Lancashire. And the locations you find the Eves in today are all associated with the castles of their commanders during 14th and 15th centuries. My side of the family first appear in Essex in Saffron Walden in 1500's. Food for thought about the family if nothing else.

Hello I am very interested in the message posted by Jeff Eves that mentions the origins of many of the Eves as being in Lancashire and then "compulsory militarty service" in the 14th & 15th centuries accounting for some of these Eveses moving into other areas. "My" earliest Eves' records are from the 1st half of the 1600s in Lubenham, Leicestershire [near Market Harborough and the border with Northants.]. Records begin to get more scarce before that so I don't know whether they were "local" or moved into the area. There appears to be another large pack of Eves in Warwickshire in the Coleshill & Solihull area about 40 miles west of Lubenham who show up in records from the later 1500s on. They may or may not be connected to "my" Eves. With variant surnames spellings from the 18th C. back into the era when surnames were adopted and the vagaries of record survival and transcription errors of the extant records and so forth, I don't know that it's possible to track my Eves line further back but wanted to get in touch with Jeff to see how he went about discerning the origins of his Eves from before the 1600s.

Ronald Eves
Hello my name is Ronald Eves my family Is already been researched all the back To 1054 when the Normans concored the island of Britain on one side the Epps on the other the Eves,I can be contacted at p.s.greetings to all my distant Eves family members

Hi i am an Eves would anyone like to share infor to do a family tree, Email

Haley Eves
My last name is Eves, but i dont know anything about my family on my fathers side. Any information i can get?

thomas L Eves
Thomas Luce Eves hi there very interesting I have some history which back dates to 1069 on the Eves Family. I have also got the crest of the Eves which also back dates to pre 10000

Cam Eves
Thomas im very interested would you like to share information with a fello Eves? It would be much appreciated