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Where did the English Davenport family come from? What is the English Davenport family crest and coat of arms? When did the Davenport family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Davenport family history?

Davenport is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Davenport family lived in the township of Davenport, in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Davenport has been recorded under many different variations, including Davenport, Davenporte, Donarty and others.

First found in Cheshire where they were descended from Ormus de Davenport of Davenport Hall Farm (Domesday Book-1086 A.D.,) in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davenport research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1598 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Davenport History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davenport Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Davenport family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Davenports were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

  • Descended from him was William Bales Davenport of Brooklyn

Davenport Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Davenport, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1628
  • John Davenport who settled in New Haven, Conn in 1630
  • Richard Davenport of Salem, who settled there in 1632
  • Jo Davenport settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jo Davenport, aged 30, landed in Barbados in 1635

Davenport Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • George Davenport, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Francis Davenport, who arrived in New England in 1708
  • Geo Davenport, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Addington Davenport, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1747
  • Jos Davenport, who arrived in Virginia in 1755

Davenport Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Davenport, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Christopher Davenport, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • S Davenport, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • James Davenport, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Catherine Davenport, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


  • Charles Benedict Davenport (1866-1944), American biologist and eugenicist
  • Dorothy Davenport (1895-1977), American actress, screenwriter, film director, and producer
  • Guy Davenport (1927-2005), American Rhodes Scholar, writer, translator, illustrator, painter, intellectual, and teacher
  • Wallace Foster Davenport (1925-2004), American jazz trumpeter
  • Lindsay Ann Davenport (b. 1976), American former World No. 1 professional tennis player
  • Rear Admiral Roy M Davenport (1909-1987), United States Navy Officer who is the first individual and only sailor to receive the Navy Cross five times
  • Jack Arden Davenport (1931-1951), former Golden Gloves boxer and a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor
  • Homer Calvin Davenport (1867-1912), American political cartoonist
  • Marcia Davenport (1903-1996), American author and music critic
  • Miriam Davenport (1915-1999), American painter and sculptor



  • The Davenport Genealogy History and Genealogy of the Ancestors and Descendants of the Rev. John Davenport, Founder of New Haven, Connecticut, and of Yale Colle.
  • by Robert Ralsey Davenport, The Genealogical and Biographical Records of Hewitt Davenport 1608-19.
  • by Howard A. Loveless.

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  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Davenport Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Davenport Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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