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Updated June 9, 2019

Boy name origins & meanings

  • German : Spear carrier
  • Spanish : Warrior

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : from the Norman personal name Gervase, of disputed etymology. The name was borne by a certain St. Gervasius, around whom a cult grew up following the discovery of his remains in Milan in 386.
  • A family Gervais from Bordeaux was in Quebec city by 1665; another bearer of the name, from La Rochelle, went to Quebec city in 1669; one from Normandy was in Île d’Orléans by 1672; one from Paris had removed to Montreal by 1676; and one from Brittany had settled in Quebec city by 1697.

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