J names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Jarvis

Jarvis comes from an English surname derived from the given name Gervais, the French form of Latin Gervasius, a name of uncertain meaning though the first element could possibly be derived from Germanic element geri meaning “spear” while the second element might be from Latin vassus meaning “servant; vassal” which is related to a Celtic element *wassos (young man, squire) ultimately derived from a PIE root.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Gervais (French)
  • Gervasius (Latinized Ancient Germanic)
  • Gervase (English)
  • Gervas (German, Ancient Germanic)
  • Gero (German, Ancient Germanic)
  • Gervásio (Portuguese)
  • Gervasio (Spanish, Italian)
  • Gerwazy (Polish)
  • Geirr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Geir (Icelandic, Norwegian)

 

Female forms:

  • Gervaise (French)

 

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