Anglo-Saxon name Derbey comes from the family having resided in the county of Derbyshire. The place-name was originally derived from the Old English word Doer-by or Derby which was listed in the Domesday Book and literally meant a "farmstead or village where deer are kept." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Derbey family
Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Derbey family
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Derbey Spelling Variations
Derbey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Darby, Derby, Darbyshire, Derbyshire, Darbie, Darbey, Derbie, Derbey, Darbishire and many more.
Early Notables of the Derbey family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Abraham Darby I (1678-1717), an English Quaker ironmaster & pioneer of coke-fired smelting, the first and most well known of...
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Migration of the Derbey family to Ireland
Some of the Derbey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Derbey family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Derbeys to arrive on North American shores: Ann Darby who settled in Virginia in 1650; Elizabeth Darby settled in Barbados in 1670; Captain Darby settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766; Chal Darby settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766.
The Derbey 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: Utcunque placuerit Deo
Motto Translation: Howsoever it shall have pleased God.
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