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Where did the English Davenport family come from? 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 an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Davenport family lived in the township of Davenport, in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire.


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled 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.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Davenport or a variant listed above:

  • 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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