I am researching my Family Tree. My last name is "Oldreive"
I have traced a tree from my grand son 2008 right through to my G G Grandfather "Charles Oldreive" born 1815 in Plymouth Devon married to Mary Ann Knight 1817 Plymouth Devon, I can find on their marriage certificate 1846 St Helier, Jersey that shows Charlie's Father was William Oldreive There is no location for his father or a name for his Mother listed.
I have been stuck at this point for quite some time. I am looking for anything that might help.
Other spellings of the name is Oldreeve(1600 ?) Oldrieve(1652) Oldive(1708)
The history of the name as I believe it is as follows:
In England, a reeve was an official elected annually by the serfs to supervise lands for a lord. The reeve himself was a serf. He had many duties such as making sure the serfs started work on time and ensuring that no one was cheating the lord out of money. The system was introduced by the Saxons, dating at least to the 7th century, and continued after the Norman conquest.
The reeve of an entire shire was a Shire-reeve, predecessor to the Sheriff.
I guess an Old reeve would have been know as the Oldreeve ?
As I was told by my late Father we were related to a reeve of lands held by the Royal family on the Jersey isle. Not exactly sure if this is true but I can see were the name may have evolved from.
I hope this will help