Debor is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Debor family lived in Essex
, but the family can trace their roots much farther back. They were originally from Ver, near Bayeux, Normandy
where it was from the local
form of this place-name, de Ver. Their surname literally translates as from Ver.
Early Origins of the Debor family
The surname Debor was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. In the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Aubrey (Albericus) de Vere (died c. 1112) was a tenant-in-chief in England
of William the Conqueror in 1086 and progenitor of the Earls of Oxford. He was one of the great landowners of England
and held his castle from the King at Hedingham in Essex
. He also held Kensington a suburb of London.
The first Earl of Oxford was Aubrey de Vere, (c. 1115-1194.) His son Robert de Vere (c. 1165-1221), 3rd Earl of Oxford was hereditary Master Chamberlain of England and was one of the guarantors of Magna Carta. This line of earls continued until Aubrey de Vere, 20th Earl of Oxford (1627-1703.) Lavenham, Suffolk, became the home of the family of the Earls of Oxford.
"The church was rebuilt in the reign of Henry VI., partly by the De Veres, earls of Oxford, who resided here, and partly by the family of Spring, wealthy clothiers. The entrance is by a porch, supposed to have been erected by John de Vere (1442-1513), the fourteenth earl of Oxford, and much enriched; over the arch is a finely-sculptured double niche, and on each side of the niche are three escutcheons, each bearing quartered coats of arms of the De Vere family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Debor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Debor research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1385, 1338, 1400, 1385, 1417, 1408, 1462, 1462, 1499, 1526, 1482, 1540, 1516, 1562, 1550, 1604, 1593, 1625, 1575, 1632, 1627 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Debor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Debor Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled DeVere, DeVera, Dever, Devere, Vere, Ver, Vaire and many more.
Early Notables of the Debor family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who was made Marquess of Dublin
in 1385 by King Richard II; Aubrey de Vere, 10th Earl of Oxford (c.
1338-1400); Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford (1385?-1417); John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford (1408-1462)... Another 106 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Debor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Debor family to Ireland
Some of the Debor family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 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 Debor family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Debor or a variant listed above:
Debor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Debor, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1864 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Debor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Emma Debor, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
The Debor Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vero nihil verius
Motto Translation: Nothing truer than truth.