Davenny is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Davenny family once lived near a body of water derived from the Old English word that means deep waters.
Early Origins of the Davenny family
The surname Davenny 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 Davenny family
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Davenny Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Davenny family name include Devenish, Devonish, Devanay, Devenay, Deveney, Devenney, Devenny, O'Devanny, O'Devenish, O'Devonish and many more.
Early Notables of the Davenny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Davenny family to Ireland
Some of the Davenny family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Davenny family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Davenny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Bernard Davenny, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
The Davenny 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.