Danvers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Danvers family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Norfolk. "William Denvers, evidently one of the Conqueror's adherents, occurs in the Norfolk Domesday; and genealogists assert that a Roland D'Anvers assisted at the Conquest. " 
They were originally from Anvers, Belgium, which is the French form of the name of the city of Antwerp. 
Early Origins of the Danvers family
The surname Danvers was first found in Norfolk where "this name, taken from the town of Anvers, was born by Roland D'Anvers, who came thence to the conquest of England. He was ancestor of the families of D'Anvers or Culworth, raised to the degree of baronets in 1642, of D'Anvers of Dantsey, ennobled under the title of Danby, and D'Anvers of Horley." 
Early census records revealed Ralph de Anuers, Danuers in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1230.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Ralph de Anvers in Oxfordshire. 
Early History of the Danvers family
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Danvers Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Danvers were recorded, including Danvers, D'Anvers, Denvers, Denver, Danver, Danvis and many more.
Early Notables of the Danvers family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Danvers, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University (1459-1460); William Danvers SL JP (1428-1504), a British judge; Sir John Danvers (1588-1655), an English politician, one of the signatories of the death warrant of Charles I; Sir Charles Danvers (c. 1568-1601), an English soldier who plotted against Elizabeth I of England; Elizabeth Danvers née Neville, later Elizabeth Carey (c. 1545-1630), an English noblewoman; Robert Danvers also Wright, Howard and...
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Migration of the Danvers family to Ireland
Some of the Danvers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Danvers migration to the United States +
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Danvers arrived in North America very early:
Danvers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Richard Danvers who arrived in Philadelphia in 1844 with his brother
Danvers migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Danvers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Danvers, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 
Danvers migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Danvers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Boswell Danvers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1853
Contemporary Notables of the name Danvers (post 1700) +
- Dennis Danvers (b. 1947), American author of science fiction novels
- Ivor Danvers (b. 1932), English actor, best known for his role as Gerald Urquhart in the 1980s BBC drama Howards' Way
- Charles Danvers, Algerian-born, French songwriter, awarded a knighthood by the French Academy of Arts
- Tasha De'Anka Danvers (b. 1977), British Olympic bronze track and field medalist
- John Danvers, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
- Sir Danvers Osborne (1715-1753), 3rd Baronet, English-born, American Colonial Governor of New York province (1753)
- Mary Danvers Stocks (1891-1975), Baroness Stocks, née Brinton, a British writer, suffragist and principal of Westfield College
- Dorothy Danvers Dakin (1919-2009), English Headmistress of the Red Maids School, Bristol
- Sir Danvers Osborne (1715-1753), 3rd Baronet, English colonial governor of New York in 1753
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The Danvers Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Forte en loyalte
Motto Translation: Brave in loyalty.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823