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The surname Deveau is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Deveau is a contraction of an Old French phrase meaning beautiful valley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place at one time.

Deveau Early Origins



The surname Deveau was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat from ancient times in the town of Volnay in the district of Beaune.

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Deveau Spelling Variations


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Deveau Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Beliveau, Béliveau, Belivaux, Bélivaux, Belliveau, Bélliveau, Bellivaux, Béllivaux, Belleveau, Bellevaux, de Bellevau and many more.

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Deveau Early History


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Deveau Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deveau research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1555, 1666, 1669, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Deveau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deveau Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Deveau Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deveau 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deveau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Pierre DeVeau, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Conrad DeVeau, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Jean Baptiste Deveau, aged 15, landed in South Carolina in 1763
  • Rosalie Deveau, aged 14, arrived in South Carolina in 1763
  • Amand Deveau, who landed in South Carolina in 1763

Deveau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Helene Deveau was married in 1766 in St-Vincent-de-Paul, Quebec

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deveau (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Deveau (post 1700)



  • David Deveau (b. 1953), American classical pianist
  • Vincent DeVeau (b. 1952), American writer and editor, member of the Directors Guild of America
  • David Deveau (b. 1984), Canadian actor, known for Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990), Hemoglobin (1997) and The Chicken Tree (1998)
  • George Raymond Deveau (1891-1983), Canadian politician, MLA for Richmond, Nova Scotia (1933-1937)
  • Louis E. Deveau (b. 1931), Canadian chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne, Pointe-de-l'Église (2006-2012)
  • John Deveau, Canadian politician, MLA for Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (1998-1999)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
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    The Deveau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deveau 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2016 at 12:01.

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