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Re: Ancient Spelling of Severns/Seaverns
Posted by: Jim Gardner Date: February 13, 2000 at 17:19:18
In Reply to: Ancient Spelling of Severns/Seaverns by Margaret Gourley of 338

The names Severns, Seaverns, Severn or Severance appear in the earliest records of our family history, suggesting a similar ancestry dating to the last 900 years, a time when surnames were first commonly used. Most early Severn(s) immigrants to America were of English descent and our branch clearly traces its lineage to England.

"In the British Isles the family was chiefly seated in the Counties of Worchester, Northampton and Salop, in England, and," according to the Roots Research Bureau, Copyright Number 2410, "in the Counties of Radnor and Montgomery, in Wales. These lines belonged, on the whole, to the landed and educated classes."

The family name, based on the Roots Research Bureau, was taken from the residence of its first bearers on the Severn River, in England. The Bureau cites another reference that claims the name also originated in the Latin words Severus or Severinus, meaning "severe, serious, chaste, virtuous," referring to the character of its first bearers.


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