The surname of HIVES was a baptismal name 'the son of Ivar' an ancient personal name. The name was derived from the Old French name IVAR, and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. This name has many variant spellings which include IVE, IVES, IVESON and IVISON. The name is probably connected with Ives, the saint, who gave the name of St. Ives in Huntingdonshire, and St. Ives in County Cornwall. Early records of the name mention JUUAR (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Iware Diaconus was documented in County Norfolk in the year 1140, Walter filius Ive, 1273, County Salop. and Robert Yuor was recorded in 1296, County Sussex. Llewelyn ap Ivor, was documented in the year 1312 in County Lancashire. Yvo Pape of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Baptised. Tovall Ives, St. Antholin, London in the year of 1565. Anthony Iveson was the rector of Haynesford, County Norfolk in 1592. Benjamin Emmens and Rose Ives were married in London in 1620. John Iverson married Anne Couchman at Canterbury Cathedral in the year 1739. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard in the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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