Last name: Reeves

This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and has two distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly, Reeves may be a patronymic form of Reeve, itself an occupational name for a steward or bailiff, from the Middle English "reeve", a development of the Olde English pre 7th century "(ge)refa", reeve. The surname may also be occupational for a servant at the reeve's (house). Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. In medieval times servants in royal households were held in high regard, and frequently those who occupied senior positions enjoyed certain privileges, and the post would be passed on to the the eldest son. The second possibility is that the name is topographical from residence on the margin of a wood, resulting from a misdivision of the Middle English phrase "after eaves", at the edge, ultimately from the Olde English "aet thaere efese". One, John atte Revese was noted in the 1327 Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire. Notable bearers of the name were John Reeves appointed painter to the King, 1800, and Charles Reeves who became architect to the county courts in England and Wales, 1847. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a silver shield, with a fess between three azure billets, on a red chief a silver lion passant quardant, the Crest being a black demi griffin. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard del Reves, which was dated 1332, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire", during the reign of Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. 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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S. Reaves
Yeah but what about those reave who stole cattle?

Maggie Reeve Griffin
My grandfather was a geanioligist who had a ring and a story passed down from we believe the late 1400's about our origins. The ring had a red griffin however. World war 2 pretty much distroyed all family records that were not landed royals. Any one intrested may contact me at to my knowledge reaves however is a galic word for hunted by the sheriff. (correct me if I am wrong) I believe to the African American question that there was a German reeves side of the family that there was a docter in the st Louis area that had a few African American nurses that his wife insisted on educating and they later freed. Causing them to be scorned pre civil war. There is a letter floating around my family that accuses the dr of them possibly being illegitimate children as three boys were givin his surname. Germanic reeves were bounty hunters with dark ages origins to the isles.

Maggie Reeve Griffin
Also when immigrating to the america's my great great great grandfather immigrated with his brother and the brothers surname was changed to sherell. because the brother came from Germany where he and his wife had lived for only ten years. they told him at the time that reeve was a name associated with the isles. But that sherell was associated with main land Europe. Our family (evidentally generations of hoarders) actually kept the letter between brothers. This was a fascinating forum as far as the crusade erra comments. We have stories back to the 1400's. But nothing provable from before our branch of the family immigrated in 1750's. Our side of the reeves is dying out now. But I can remember my great grandmother talking to my grandfather in Gaelic that she learned from her grandparents who immigrated here. She always said shire reve was land givin by the crown near whortishire long ago for foreign service in Germany.

Floyd Reeves
I was born in India and did have people keep asking me my name again even after i said it .. lol it was hard for them to believe that I was an Anglo-Indian and have a surname so unique !

felicia reeves monfette
Really wanting to kno more about the reeves name. I live in Louisiana and come from a long line of reeves. Any info would b great! Look me up on facebook. Thank u!

donanova mcandrew reeves
i am looking for more of my family,like my half brothers and sisters. my father is robert lee reeves. he lives caly and is a lawyer.if anyone shares the same father then email me please thank you please help me

Brandon Reeves
wow i always wanted to about my back story before i was born thanks so much

Stacy Reeves

I am born African American but my parents are from Jamaica, And was searching for a few others on the small island!

collie reeves
I am a reeves third or fourth generation. I'm looking for where I come from. My grandparents are Caucasian, American Indian, African American. The other set I'm not sure, African American and Spanish I think. I need help. Who am I?

Toby Reeves
My mum is French my dad has a bit of Italy

Ali Reeves Evenhuis
My mom`s maiden name is Reeves and is from northern England. I always wanted to learn about where her last name came from. My family has history on my last name and the same with my grandmothers maiden name ( Evenhuis and Kampmann) but nothing about my moms side. This is really interesting to read about. thank you so much (:

random student in class
My teachers last name is reeves

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