The surname Deavy 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 Deavy family
The surname Deavy 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 Deavy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deavy 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 Deavy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deavy Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales
, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Deavy have included Davy, Davey, Davie, Daivey, Daivy, Daivie, Dayvy, Dayvie, Dayvey, Devy, Devie and many more.
Early Notables of the Deavy 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 Deavy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deavy family to Ireland
Some of the Deavy 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 Deavy family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Deavy: 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.