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The surname De vos is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name De vos is a contraction of an Old French phrase meaning beautiful valley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place at one time.

De vos Early Origins



The surname De vos was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat from ancient times in the town of Volnay in the district of Beaune.

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De vos Spelling Variations


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De vos Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Beliveau, Béliveau, Belivaux, Bélivaux, Belliveau, Bélliveau, Bellivaux, Béllivaux, Belleveau, Bellevaux, de Bellevau and many more.

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De vos Early History


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De vos Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De vos research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1555, 1666, 1669, and 1813 are included under the topic Early De vos History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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De vos Early Notables (pre 1700)


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De vos Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De vos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

De vos Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andries DeVos, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1640
  • Balthasaer DeVos, who arrived in New York in 1662
  • Balthazaer DeVos, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1662
  • Catherine Renard DeVos, who arrived in New York, NY in 1662
  • Anna DeVos, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

De vos Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Henry Devos, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724

De vos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Singis DeVos, aged 6, landed in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Auvan DeVos, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Elias Phillip DeVos, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Jacob DeVos, aged 9, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Jan DeVos, aged 45, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name De vos (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name De vos (post 1700)



  • Richard DeVos, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988
  • Martha DeVos, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1944
  • Margaret DeVos, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964
  • John Devos, American politician, United Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1936
  • Elizabeth DeVos, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988, 2000
  • Dick DeVos (b. 1955), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Board of Education; Elected 1990
  • Cornelis de Vos (1585-1651), Flemish painter

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The De vos Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The De vos Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 7 May 2016 at 04:29.

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