Hi Angie, this is my first time posting to this forum although I have been monitoring it for some years now(the CALVERT forum started in 1997).I am registered with the Guild of One Name studies UK (GOONS)for the name CALVERT.I have been studying all CALVERTS in all countries and all dates. My ultimate goal is writing a book on CALVERT (I have just received my copies of the few CALVERT books written e.g."Descendants of Virginia Calverts" by Ella Foy O'Gorman in 1947 and "My Calvert Ancestry and Extended Family" by Louise Naughton Shaw 1996)and so far I have accumulated 21 ring binders of CALVERT info worldwide including the name derivatives, which brings me to your point.
Is there a connection between CALVERand CALVERT?
The answer is no, unfortunately for you, although the names are similar.
CALVERT derives from Yorkshire, an occupational name for a tender of cattle. It is from Middle English "calfhirde" and old English (Anglian)"calf+herde" Calf=CALF,herde=herdsman. I am currently tracing calfhirde's in the 1300's but the originator seems to be Waren le Calfhirde around 1269 and the name CALVERT appears much later around the 1300/1400'S.My own studies are pointing to a location derivation in Yorkshire, Nth Riding- Dales, probably the Swaledale area but I am using CALVERT population studies and early tax records etc to pinpoint the actual area of origination.
CALVER derives from Derbyshire, a habitation name from Old English Calf= CALF + ofer= ridge. Origination appears to be from David de Caluenore/Caluourearound 1200 and turns into CALVER much later in 1600/1700's.
I searched on my 1881 UK census CD's and they returned many CALVER's amongst CALVERT's in the 1800's (grouped on the database together, because the names are similar spelling). the US 1880 census, likewise.
Where to start? Well, it depends on how deep you want to go.I started a few years ago, actually looking at this particular forum and ended up knee deep in CALVERT's spending every night almost, reading/studying CALVERT, compiling anaccess database of CALVERT (including all CALVERT Genforum listings, searchable by all fields/names) looking at the UK 1881/US 1880 census and so on. If you want to keep it to your own CALVER line then start working back from your current relatives. My CALVERT direct line goes back to the 1500's in Yorkshire. In your case the 1880 US census would be agood help. If you really want to bog down in data, then consider starting a One name study and look at the Guild of one name studies at www.one-name.org and maybe join. CALVER is not registered at this time and I am keeping a watching brief on CALVERD, CALVARD and CALVERLEY.
I hope this points you in the right direction, I was once where you are now!
Fraser Calvert Guild of One-Name Studies member 3813 New Zealand Society of Genealogists member 18223