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Davenney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Davenney come from when the family resided near a body of water derived from the Old English word that means deep waters.

Early Origins of the Davenney family


The surname Davenney was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Davenney family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davenney research.
Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davenney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Davenney Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Davenney has been recorded under many different variations, including Devenish, Devonish, Devanay, Devenay, Deveney, Devenney, Devenny, O'Devanny, O'Devenish, O'Devonish and many more.

Early Notables of the Davenney family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Davenney family to Ireland


Some of the Davenney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 97 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Davenney family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Davenney or a variant listed above:

Davenney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Darby Davenney, who settled in Philadelphia in 1858

The Davenney 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: Spero et captivus nitor
Motto Translation: I hope, and though a captive I strive.


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