The name Davernport reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Davernport family lived in the township of Davenport, in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire
Early Origins of the Davernport family
The surname Davernport was first found in Cheshire
where they were descended from Ormus de Davenport of Davenport Hall Farm CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Davernport family
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Davernport Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Davernport family name include Davenport, Davenporte, Donarty and others.
Early Notables of the Davernport 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; Sir Humphrey... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davernport Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Davernport family to Ireland
Some of the Davernport 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 Davernport family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Davernport family to immigrate North America: John Davenport who settled in New Haven, Conn. in 1630; he was first minister there, and an ex Mayor of Coventry, England
. Descended from him was William Bales Davenport of Brooklyn. Richard Davenport of Salem, who settled there in 1632. Elizabeth Davenport settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637.