Name: Gervaise

Origin and Meaning of the Name Gervaise

  • Meaning:
    Spear servant
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    (jer VEHZ); (zher VEHZ)
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    English and French speaking countries
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    Gervaise is the French feminine form of Gervais, and the English masculine form of the name. Gervaise is a norman name of uncertain origin, perhaps from the Germanic 'ger' meaning "spear" and the Celtic 'vass' meaning "servant". Some also relate it to the Greek 'geras' meaning "honour". The given name is often bestowed in honour of St. Gervasius. Gervaise has not been bestowed once as a given name in France for over ten years. A famous French literary character bearing the name is the heroine of Emile Zola's novel "L'Assommoir" (1877) which deals with the suffering of the Parisian working-class plagued with alcoholism and poverty.

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