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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.

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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 [1] in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire. He is the first recorded ancestor of the family. "The Davenports claim precedence among the knightly families of Cheshire, - that 'seed-plot of gentry,' 'the mother and the nurse of the gentility of England,' and are traced directly to the Conquest." [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davenport research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1598, 1680 and 1477 are included under the topic Early Davenport History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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.

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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 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 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 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


Davenport Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Isaac Davenport U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 46 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York
  • Miss. Elizabeth Davenport U.E. (b. 1775), aged 8 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 31 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York
  • Miss. Ann Davenport U.E. (b. 1774), aged 9 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 30 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York
  • Mr. Samual Davenport U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 45 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York

Davenport Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Davenport, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Samuel Davenport, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Davenport, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Richard Davenport arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

Davenport Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Davenport, aged 35, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Davenport, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • John Davenport, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • George Davenport, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Ann Davenport, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856


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  • 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

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  • 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. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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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.

This page was last modified on 12 March 2015 at 10:53.

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