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Devonshire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms




Early Origins of the Devonshire family


The surname Devonshire was first found in Devon at Thorcombe, a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Axminster. It is here that Devonius, or John of Devonshire, chaplain and confessor to King John, was abbot, and, about 1217, was buried in the conventual church. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The origin of the place name is indeed interesting. It was originally "called by the Cornish Britons Deunan, apparently from the inequality of its surface; of which name the [Danmonion] and Danmonii of Ptolemy seem to be only modifications. The Welsh termed it Deuffneynt, signifying 'deep valleys,' and, like the former, descriptive of the surface of the county; and a softening of this name with the addition of the word scyre, a share or portion, appears to have produced the Anglo-Saxon Devenascyre, Devnascyre, and Devenschire, in modern English Devonshire." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
As far as the surname is concerned, the first record was found in Norfolk in the year 1288 when William de Devon held estates in that county. We know he was originally from Devon, but little else is known. From very early times, the name was found in various locals including Kent, Wiltshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The name is obviously a "regional name for someone from the county of Devon and is probably originally an ancient British tribal name, from the Old English Defnas, men of Devon, or perhaps from the Latin Dumnonii, meaning 'worshippers of the god Dumnous.' " [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

Early History of the Devonshire family


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Devonshire Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Devonshire, Devonsheir, Devenshire, Devenshore, Devonshore, Devonshaw and many more.

Early Notables of the Devonshire family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Devonshire family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devonshire Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Bartho Devonshire, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Devonshire Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. E Devonshire, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Stanley Devonshire, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Devonshire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Devonshire, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • Charles Devonshire, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • Elizabeth Devonshire, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • John Charles Devonshire, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • Joanna Devonshire, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Devonshire (post 1700)


  • George Devonshire, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Cayuga County, 1937 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Alan Devonshire (b. 1956), retired English footballer and manager
  • Paula Devonshire, Canadian two-time Director's Guild of Canada Award nominated producer
  • Andy Devonshire, British two-time BAFTA nominated director, producer and cinematographer
  • William Devonshire Saull (1784-1855), English geologist, born at, and was in business at 15 Aldersgate Street, London

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Citations


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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