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The name Devaney was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Devaney family lived in Leicestershire. The family was originally from Abene, where they held a castle, near Louvaine, Normandy, and it is from the local form of that name, D'Abene which means from Abene, that their name derives. Another important English house of the same name comes from Aubigny, Brittany. Their name is of identical local derivation.

Devaney Early Origins



The surname Devaney was first found in Leicestershire at Belvoir, a village and civil parish in the Melton district. Belvoir literally means "beautiful view" derived from the Old French words bel + vedeir. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
It was here that William d'Aubigny (Brito) (d. after 1148), was an itinerant justice under King Henry I of England and was granted the lands where he built Belvoir Castle, which is now a restored stately home. He fought at the Battle of Tinchebray (1106) and was in favor of King Henry I. His grandson, William d'Aubigny or D'Aubeney or d'Albini, Lord of Belvoir (died 1236) was High Sheriff of Warwickshire and Leicester and High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire in 1199. Wymondham or Windham in Norfolk was an early family seat. "This town derives its name from the Saxon Win Munde Ham, signifying 'a pleasant village on a mount;' and is indebted for its importance to the foundation of a priory of Black monks, at first a cell to the abbey of St. Alban's, by William d'Albini or Daubeny, in 1130." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Devaney Spelling Variations


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Devaney Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Devaney has been recorded under many different variations, including Daubeney, Daveney, Dabney, Daubeny, Debney, Dalbini, Dibney, Dybney, Dobney, Daughby, Dawbeney, Dawby and many more.

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Devaney Early History


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Devaney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devaney research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1176, 1150, 1193, 1167, 1221, 1203, 1224, 1264, 1305, 1305, 1342, 1386, 1371, 1403, 1494, 1548, 1451, 1507, 1670 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Devaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Devaney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Devaney Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Devaneys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Devaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Owin Devaney, who was naturalized in Ogle county, Illinois in 1852
  • John Devaney, who arrived at the port of New York in 1854
  • John Devaney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Thomas Devaney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

Devaney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Ann Devaney, aged 33 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Columbia" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Devaney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Devaney (post 1700)



  • Tom Devaney (1976-1960), infamous New York mobster and an enforcer for Mickey Spillane during the 1960s and 1970s
  • Earl E. Devaney, Inspector General for the United States Department of the Interior
  • Michael "Mike" Aloysius Devaney (1891-1967), American track and field athlete who competed at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics
  • John P. Devaney (1883-1941), American Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court (1933-1937)
  • Robert S. "Bob" Devaney (1915-1997), American college football coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1981)
  • Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney, American Democrat politician, Elected Massachusetts Governor's Council 3rd District 2002
  • Joe Devaney, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 1982
  • Dennis M. Devaney, American Democrat politician, Member, National Labor Relations Board, 1988-94
  • Martin Thomas Devaney (b. 1980), English football midfielder from Cheltenham
  • John Devaney, Canadian ice hockey player who played for Team Canada at the 1980 Winter Olympics
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Devaney Historic Events


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Devaney Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Margaret Delia Devaney, aged 19, Irish Third Class passenger from Kilmacowen, Sligo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible C

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Devaney Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Devaney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devaney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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