Deavonport History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Deavonport is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Deavonport family lived in the township of Davenport, in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Deavonport family
The surname Deavonport was first found in Cheshire where they were descended from Ormus de Davenport of Davenport Hall Farm  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." 
"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." 
Early History of the Deavonport family
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Deavonport Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Davenport, Davenporte, Donarty and others.
Early Notables of the Deavonport 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 Davenport of Davenport (1566-1645), was Chief...
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Migration of the Deavonport family to Ireland
Some of the Deavonport family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Deavonport family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Deavonport name or one of its variants: 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.
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