well I am actually a Laver but my great grandfather was a Lavor and hsi father was a Lavis and they were all from somerset. I am from england incidently and have just left Cornwall after 18 years there- and I can assure you there are hardlky any Lavis's in Cornwall, and there is only oneline of Lavers also knows as Levers look under Denzal Lavers web page.Cornwall.But oddly enough the Lavis's colonised Devon and were extremely thinly spread anywhere except DEvon and Somerset. they seem to have begun in Somerset but spread outwards. the earliest record of any Laver I have found is Alice Laver or Trigg manor Cornwall 1310 but she was a 'one off'. AS tothier origins well the reason everyone is having trouble finding out is because they seem to have previous to Devon been in Brittany, and then again the name fizzles out and youy find then as Levis or de-levis Toulouse area.. the time line says this could and probably is the family line. And if you are interested we appear to be Merovingians ( if you read the Davinci code!!) but first we must confirm that we are definatly De Levis's. and !!!! if we arent we must have come from outer space anyway whch makes us rather unique. Otherwise I suggest you look at the origin of the word Laver as the Brazen vessal used for washing priests feet before entryinto the tabernacle - you cant get much earlier than that!!! hence the connection with the meaning 'wash' in other words when it boils donw to it it is likley to be from the name Levi which means jewish priest and they were very v.I.P in there time. so there you are!!