The surname Deavey is from the unique Celtic culture that developed in Wales
. This particular surname is from the personal name
David, which means darling or friend. This name was common in England
from the 12th century onward, but was particularly popular in Wales
even earlier. One of the most famous bearers of this personal name in Wales
was David ap Gryffydd, the last Prince of North Wales
, who was executed c. 1276 by King Edward I
Early Origins of the Deavey family
The surname Deavey was first found in Cornwall
, although they are thought to have been in Wales
from very ancient times; long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Deavey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deavey research.Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1621, 1622, 1846, 1588, 1654, 1621, 1622, 1629, 1630, 1612, 1678, 1661, 1670, 1671, 1660, 1692, 1679, 1685, 1662, 1707, 1640, 1710 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Deavey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deavey Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales
, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Deavey have included Davy, Davey, Davie, Daivey, Daivy, Daivie, Dayvy, Dayvie, Dayvey, Devy, Devie and many more.
Early Notables of the Deavey family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir John Davie, 1st Baronet
(1588-1654), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622, High Sheriff
from 1629 to 1630; Sir John Davie, 2nd Baronet
(1612-1678), an English politician who sat... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deavey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deavey family to Ireland
Some of the Deavey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 69 words (5 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 Deavey family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Deavey: John Davie who acquired estates in Boston Massachusetts about the year 1650; Humphrey David, son of Sir John Davie, a merchant who had been created a knight in 1641. Another John Davie was also created a freeman of Boston in 1636. John Davie settled in Virginia in 1639.