Davenport History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Davenport family

The surname Davenport was 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]

"The manor [of Marton, Cheshire] was given to an ancestor of the Davenport family, as a dowry with the daughter of Venables, Baron of Kinderton, in the reign of Henry I." [3]

Early History of the Davenport family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davenport research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1670, 1566, 1645, 1631, 1598, 1680, 1623 and 1477 are included under the topic Early Davenport History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Davenport Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Davenport family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Davenport (1597-1670), an English Puritan clergyman from Coventry, Warwickshire, co-founder of the American colony of New Haven, eponym of Davenport College, Yale University. [4] Sir Humphrey Davenport of Davenport (1566-1645), was Chief...
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Ireland Migration of the Davenport family to Ireland

Some of the Davenport family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Davenport migration to the United States +

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:

Davenport Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Davenport, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1628 [5]
  • John Davenport who settled in New Haven, Connecticut in 1630
  • Richard Davenport of Salem, who settled there in 1632
  • Jo Davenport, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jo Davenport, aged 30, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Davenport Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Davenport, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [5]
  • Francis Davenport, who arrived in New England in 1708 [5]
  • Geo Davenport, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [5]
  • Addington Davenport, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1747 [5]
  • Jos Davenport, who arrived in Virginia in 1755 [5]
Davenport Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Davenport, who arrived in America in 1803 [5]
  • Christopher Davenport, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • S Davenport, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813 [5]
  • James Davenport, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [5]
  • Catherine Davenport, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Davenport migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • 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 [6]

Australia Davenport migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [7]
  • Samuel Davenport, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • John Davenport, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. John Davenport, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [9]
  • Mr. Henry Davenport, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1881 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Davenport 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:

Davenport Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Davenport, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [11]
  • Thomas Davenport, aged 35, a blacksmith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Davenport, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • John Davenport, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • George Davenport, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
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Contemporary Notables of the name Davenport (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Davenport (1802-1851), American co-inventor (with his wife Emily) of the first DC electrical motor
  • Clyde Thomas Davenport (1921-2020), American old-time fiddler and banjo player from Monticello, Kentucky
  • Isaac Noah Davenport (1840-1922), American Civil War union survivor of Andersonville prison and survivor of the sinking of the USS Sultana
  • James Houston "Peanut" Davenport (1933-2016), American Major League Baseball infielder, twice All-Star (1962, 1962) and recipient of the Gold Glove Award (1962)
  • Russell Wheeler Davenport (1899-1954), American publisher and writer
  • Miriam Davenport (1915-1999), American painter and sculptor
  • Marcia Davenport (1903-1996), American author and music critic
  • Homer Calvin Davenport (1867-1912), American political cartoonist
  • William D. "Willie" Davenport (1943-2002), American Olympic athlete, winner of the Gold in the 110m hurdles
  • Jack Arden Davenport (1931-1951), former Golden Gloves boxer and a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Jack Davenport, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Sultan [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Davenport +

  • 538 "The Davenport Genealogy" History and Genealogy of the Ancestors and Descendants of the Rev. John Davenport, Founder of New Haven, Connecticut, and of Yale College" by Robert Ralsey Davenport, "The Genealogical and Biographical Records of Hewitt Davenport 1608-1951" by Howard A. Loveless.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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