Denviers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Denviers reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Denviers family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Denviers family lived in Norfolk. "William Denvers, evidently one of the Conqueror's adherents, occurs in the Norfolk Domesday; and genealogists assert that a Roland D'Anvers assisted at the Conquest. "  They were originally from Anvers, Belgium, which is the French form of the name of the city of Antwerp. 
Early Origins of the Denviers family
The surname Denviers was first found in Norfolk where "this name, taken from the town of Anvers, was born by Roland D'Anvers, who came thence to the conquest of England. He was ancestor of the families of D'Anvers or Culworth, raised to the degree of baronets in 1642, of D'Anvers of Dantsey, ennobled under the title of Danby, and D'Anvers of Horley."  Early census records revealed Ralph de Anuers, Danuers in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1230.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Ralph de Anvers in Oxfordshire. 
Important Dates for the Denviers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denviers research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1459, 1460, 1428, 1504, 1588, 1655, 1568, 1601, 1545, 1630, 1624, 1674, 1659, 1660, 1573, 1643, 1668 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Denviers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Denviers 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 Danvers, D'Anvers, Denvers, Denver, Danver, Danvis and many more.
Early Notables of the Denviers family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Danvers, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University (1459-1460); William Danvers SL JP (1428-1504), a British judge; Sir John Danvers (1588-1655), an English politician, one of the signatories of the death warrant of Charles I; Sir Charles Danvers (c. 1568-1601), an English soldier who plotted against Elizabeth I of England; Elizabeth Danvers née Neville, later Elizabeth Carey (c. 1545-1630), an English noblewoman; Robert Danvers also Wright, Howard and...
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Migration of the Denviers family to Ireland
Some of the Denviers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Denviers 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 Denviers name or one of its variants: Richard Danvers who arrived in Philadelphia in 1844 with his brother Thomas; R. Denviers settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1823.
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