Cavers One-Name Study


I am undertaking a one-name study of the surname Cavers (the 's' is an integral part of the surname I am researching). This surname originates in the Scottish border county of Roxburghshire and out of 146 Cavers recorded in the 1881 British census, one third of them were living in Roxburghshire itself, with large numbers living in the surrounding Scottish border counties.

My Cavers study is focused on the 19th century and earlier, so if you have a Cavers relative in your family tree, or if your surname is Cavers and you can trace your ancestry back to someone born in the 19th century, I'd love to hear from you. We may be able to exchange information, and may find we are cousins.

At the moment my Cavers genealogy research is focused mainly on Scotland, and to a lesser extent England, but as a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies I am gathering references to the surname from all around the world. So far I have historical references from countries such as Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. My collection of references is growing all the time, so please get in touch if you have a Cavers connection.

For more information about this one-name study please see the Cavers One-Name Study information page in the GOONS website.

The Cavers one-name study now has a dedicated blog where I plan to post details of early Cavers family histories (pre 1900, mostly long before then) pieced together from the records. This will be a long ongoing process.

Likewise the one-name study now has an associated Facebook group where descendants of Cavers ancestors can exchange stories and get in touch with each other.

There is now a FamilyTreeDNA Y-DNA project associated with the Cavers one-name study. This is looking for male Cavers descendants (via all male lines of descent) to volunteer to have their Y-DNA tested to try to figure out how different Cavers branches are related to each other. For more information see the project page.


Vivienne S Dunstan
Last updated 29th November 2014