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Devany is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Devany 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.

Devany Early Origins



The surname Devany 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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Devany Spelling Variations


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Devany 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 Daubeney, Daveney, Dabney, Daubeny, Debney, Dalbini, Dibney, Dybney, Dobney, Daughby, Dawbeney, Dawby and many more.

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Devany Early History


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Devany Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devany 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 Devany History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Devany Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Devany Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devany 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



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 Devany name or one of its variants:

Devany Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Agnes Devany, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Ireland, in 1893

Devany Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bridget Devany, aged 19, who landed in America from Sligo, in 1906
  • Cecelia Devany, aged 55, who settled in America from Sligo, Ireland, in 1908
  • Henry Devany, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Sligo, Ireland, in 1908
  • Bridget Devany, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Kilkelly, Ireland, in 1909
  • Bernard Devany, aged 26, who landed in America from Guileen, Ireland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Devany Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anne Devany, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1827

Devany Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Devany, born in Ireland, who arrived in Melbourne, Australia aboard the ship "Chance" from Liverpool, England in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Devany (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Devany (post 1700)



  • Joseph A. Devany, American politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980; Republican Candidate for Judge of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1992
  • John A. Devany Jr. (b. 1899), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Bronx County 8th District, 1930-44; Constitutional Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 25th District, 1944
  • Guy DeVany, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1948
  • Daniel J. Devany, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1952
  • D. C. DeVany, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1932
  • Bob Devany (1915-1997), American College football coach with the University of Nebraska
  • Ed Devany, American playwright and screenwriter

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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.

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  11. ...

The Devany Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devany 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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