The English surname Scriven is an occupational name for a clerk or copyist, from the Old French term escrivein, or escrivain meaning “ a writer or a scribe.” The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard le Scrivein, which was dated 1208, in the rolls of the court of fees, Oxford. Other early records include Gervase Le Escruein in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in the year 1278, and Richard Scrivin, the son of Norman Scrivin, in the ancient charters of Kent in 1294. William de Skrevyn is recorded in the list of the Freemen of the city of York in 1310, whilst Johannes Schryuen appears in the Poll Tax rolls of Yorkshire in 1379. Even as late as 1539 the spelling was often in the Middle English style, Peter Skreven being recorded as marrying Alya Langlee at St Dionis Backchurch, London.
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