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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...

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There is an extremely strange person,he is an engineer,year (1800-1870), probably came from Scotland, but his mother was Rawdon,from Ireland,his name was Joseph Reeve Hastings and his mother was, Anne Elizabeth Rawdon-Hastings. She had two children in this marriage. The essential is, that there is no information about this brothers in mass media.


Hello, My name is Bob Reeves and I’m trying to find where my family name stemmed from. My dads mums maiden name is Davenport. I live in Kent and as far as I’m aware I’m fully English. I doubt that so if anyone has any suggestions of how I can find out more


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