Show ContentsDelves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Delves family

The surname Delves was first found in Cheshire at Doddington, an ecclesiastical district, in the parish of Wybunbury, union and hundred of Nantwich. "In a mutilated tower which formed part of Doddington Castle, erected by Sir John Delves in 1364, are preserved statues of Lord Audley and his four squires, who fought under the Black Prince at Poitiers." [1]

Early History of the Delves family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delves research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Delves History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Delves Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Delves, Delve, Delph, Delf, Delves, Delvere, Dellves, Dellfs, Telf, Telve, Telves and many more.

Early Notables of the Delves family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Delves family of Lancashire

Ireland Migration of the Delves family to Ireland

Some of the Delves family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 63 words (4 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 Delves family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Delves (post 1700) +

  • Lieutenant General Sir Cedric Norman George Delves KBE, DSO (b. 1947), former British Army officer and Commanding Officer of 22 SAS in 1988
  • Sir Evelyn Delves Broughton (1915-1993), English nobleman, 12th Baronet Broughton


The Delves 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: Je ne puis
Motto Translation: I cannot.


  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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