The name Devawdry was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Devawdry family lived in Cheshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaudrey, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Devawdry family
The surname Devawdry was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Boden. They were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066 A.D. This noble family were under tenants of the great Earl Hugh of Chester. The Vawdrey family were originally of the French Comte and held a family seat at the Chateau Vawdrey and were Lords of St. Fallen Champagne
, the Comtes de Bourgoyne. The Chateau Vawdrey can be seen between Dole and Salins.
Early History of the Devawdry family
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Devawdry Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Vawdrey, Vawdray, Vadrey, Vawdry, De Vawdry, De Vaudry, De Vawdrey, De Vaudrey and many more.
Early Notables of the Devawdry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Devawdry family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Devawdry or a variant listed above: Daniel Vaudrey, who settled in Virginia in 1683; and Edward Vadry who came to North America in 1710.