Scriven family page
Sisters Mary Le Brocq and Jane Nance, nee Scriven
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Origins of surname
This is a medieval English surname, recorded as Scriven(s) and Scrivin(s). It describes a scribe or clerk, in particular one associated with the courts and monasteries, and being responsible for preparing land charters and rolls. The derivation is from the French escrivein, itself a derivative from the Latin scribanus, meaning 'to write'. The word was a Norman French introduction into England after 1066. Today the spelling forms include Scrivener, Scrivenor, Scriver, Scrivinor and Scrivner.
The first record of the family name is that of Richard Le Scrivein, in the rolls of the court of fees, Oxford, in 1208, during the reign of King John.
Other early examples are Gervase Le Escruein in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1278, and Richard Scrivin, the son of Norman Scrivin, in the charters of Kent in 1294. William de Skrevyn is recorded in the list of the Freemen of the city of York in 1310, and Johannes Schryuen appears in the Poll Tax rolls of Yorkshire in 1379. Even as late as 1539 the spelling was often in the Middle English style, Peter Skreven being recorded as marrying Alya Langlee at St Dionis Backchurch, London.
The name is not found in Jersey until 1823, when Henry Valentine Scriven, the son of Royal Navy Captain Timothy Scriven and Sophia Cuddemore, was baptised in St Helier. It seems that the family's stay in Jersey was very short. His father died in Jersey the following year and his mother appears to have returned to the family home in Melcombe Regis, Dorset, with her young son and his elder brother Josias.
The next Scriven batpsisms were in the 1850s, two children of Samuel Scriven and Mary Ann Drilliot. This family appears to have returned to England and it was William Scriven, who arrived in Jersey with his wife Mary Emma Tuckett, who was from Exeter, in the early 1860s, who seems to have established the first substantial family in the island. They had 11 children baptised between 1862 and 1885. [Descendants of Thomas Scriven|Willliam's family]] originated in Somerset, where it can be traced back to Thomas in 1640.
These wills created by members of the Scriven family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Henry Scriven of Bridport, Dorchester, now of 9 Royal Crescent, Don Road, St Helier - 5 August 1899, D/Y/A/58
- Reginald Scriven, 7 Gloucester Street, St Helier - 1 August 1945, D/Y/A/114
- Timothy Scriven Captain in the British Navy, now of Jersey, bequeaths to William Hodge and Robert Bloye on trust for Sophia Scriven, his wife and then for Sophia Jane Scriven; Luce's Hotel, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, and his house in Portchester, co Southampton 21 May 1824 - D/Y/A/20
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