Quoting from my 'The Historical Research Center Family Name History':
The English surname Scriven is of occupational origin, being one of those names that was descriptive of the type of work a man once did or the profession he pursued. During the Middle Ages, when the system of surnames first developed, it was inevitable that a person would be identified by their trade or craft. In this case, the name was used to describe one who wrote and copied books or manuscripts, that is, a clerk. In a society which was largely illiterate, a person who could read and write would have been very highly valued. The word scriven is, in turn, derived from the Old French word "escrivain", meaning "a writer". This occupation is referred to in the medieval allegorical poem "Piers Plowman" when it says: 'But if scyveynes lie' (line 6278). In a few instances, however, this name could be of local origin, that is, it was descriptive of the place where the original bearer once lived or held land. In this case, the name means "of Scriven", this being the name of a township in the parish of Knaresborough in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The eponymous bearer of the name in this case therefore, would have hailed from this place. Records of this surname in England date back to the thirteenth century. Examples of this include Margaret Scriveyn of Cambridgeshire and a Henry le Escriveyn of Oxfordshire, who were both mentioned in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. BLAZON OF ARMS: Gules, a chevron between two leopards' faces in chief and a bugle in the base argent. Translation: The symbol of the leopard's head was awarded to the leaders who served under the king in victorious campaigns. CREST: A buck proper, attired or. MOTTO: Fideliter. Translation: Faithfully. ORIGIN: ENGLAND.
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Mike Scriven of California (born in Rochdale, Lancs.)