Davenant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The prestigious surname Davenant comes from the majestic region of Dauphiné, in France. Davenant is a topographic surname, a form of hereditary surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Davenant family

The surname Davenant was first found in Dauphine.

Important Dates for the Davenant family

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Davenant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Davignon, D'Avignon, Avignon, Davigneau and many more.

Early Notables of the Davenant family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean-Francois Davignon, an important painter in Sevres who did much work between 1807 and 1815, and who was also an able calligrapher. His name is associated with the Regnier method, which was published in 1850. After 1830 he moved to Russia, where he worked in Saint-Petersburg. Another prominent member of this lineage was Henry Davignon, born in 1846, a general in Briançon who, in the Rhine army, fought at the battles of Bourny, Saint-Privat, and was cited among the knights of Rezonville. He was taken prisoner at the surrender of Metz but managed...
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Davenant migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davenant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Davenant, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Davenant (post 1700)

  • Sir William Davenant, English poet, born in London
  • Charles Davenant (1656-1714), English economist, eldest son of Sir William Davenant
  • Sir William d'Avenant (1606-1668), English poet

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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