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

Devich is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Devich comes from the first name David, which means "beloved." The name David was quite popular as an honor to the biblical king of that name. Its popularity increased in Britain firstly by virtue of its being the name of the patron saint of Wales.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Davidge, Davidis, Daivilla, Daivile, Davadge and others.

First found in Sussex where they were Lords of the manor of Peasmarsh in that shire, and were descended from Robert, Count of Eu, in Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devich research. Another 190 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1107 is included under the topic Early Devich History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Devich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Devich or a variant listed above: John Davidge settled in Lower Burgeo, Newfoundland, in 1848; Thomas Davidge was a planter of Mose Ambrose, Newfoundland, in 1858; Thomas Davage was a planter of Bay du Nord, Newfoundland in 1871.

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The Devich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devich 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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