Deveaux History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Deveaux 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 Deveaux 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.

Early Origins of the Deveaux family

The surname Deveaux 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.

Jean de Vaux was registered in 1295 as a squire in the fief at Volnay and is thought to be the patriarch of the family. Large areas of land were exchanged at the hands of Jean de Vaux who sold much of the family lands at Antigny to the Duke of Burgundy.

Nicolas De Veau, son of Henri and Anne, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in the province of Quebec he married Marie-Anne Tremblay, daughter of Jacques, at Ange-Gardien on 4th October 1769. [1]

Early History of the Deveaux family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deveaux research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1555, 1666, 1669, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Deveaux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deveaux Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Deveaux family (pre 1700)

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deveaux Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deveaux Ranking

In France, the name Deveaux is the 3,135th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Deveaux migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deveaux Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Frederick DeVeaux, who landed in New York in 1677 [3]
Deveaux Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James, Deveaux Jr., who landed in Georgia in 1741 [3]

Canada Deveaux migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deveaux Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Deveaux was a shoemaker in 1851 in Polycarpe, Quebec

Contemporary Notables of the name Deveaux (post 1700) +

  • Holly Deveaux, American actress, known for The Phantoms (2012), Spun Out (2014) and Mutant World (2014)
  • Orpha-F. Deveaux (1872-1933), American organist, pianist, and music educator
  • Andrew Deveaux (1758-1812), American Loyalist who is famous for his recapture of the Bahamas in 1783
  • Nikia Hillarie Deveaux (1985-2007), Bahamas bronze medalist swimmer at the 2007 Pan American Games
  • John H. Deveaux, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1888, 1896, 1908 [4]
  • Kevin Deveaux (b. 1966), Canadian politician from Nova Scotia
  • Andre Deveaux (b. 1984), professional ice hockey player in the AHL

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
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  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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