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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:
Davenport Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Davenport Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Davenport Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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