Last 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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