Daventry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Daventry dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Daventry, a town in Northants (now Northampton). The place-name was rendered as Daventrei in the Domesday Book, [1] a census and survey taken by William the Conqueror in 1086. The place-name Daventry is derived from the Old English personal name Dafa, and means "tree of a man called Dafa, Dafa's tree." It is interesting to note that the pronunciation of the placename Daventry is not as it would appear. Locals pronounce Daventry as Daintree, giving rise to the many variations of this name that are found. Another source has a different understanding about the origin of the place name. "The British name of this place, Dwy-Avon-Tre, 'the town of two Avons,' from which its present appellation is derived, originated in its situation between the source of the river Leam, which falls into the Western Avon, and the river Nene, anciently styled the Aufona. " [2]

Early Origins of the Daventry family

The surname Daventry was first found in Northampton at Daventry, a market-town, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Fawsley.

Important Dates for the Daventry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daventry research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1296, 1400, 1349 and 1373 are included under the topic Early Daventry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Daventry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Daventry have been found, including Daventry, Daintry, Dainty, Dantry, Dantye and others.

Early Notables of the Daventry family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Daventry family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Daventry, or a variant listed above: William Daintry who settled in New England in 1695; Henry Dainty settled in Barbados in 1640; Katherine Daintye settled in Maryland in 1685.

Contemporary Notables of the name Daventry (post 1700)

    Historic Events for the Daventry family

    HMS Prince of Wales
    • Mr. Norman Charles Daventry, British Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [3]

    Citations

    1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
    2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
    3. ^ 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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