The name Devenay belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived near a body of water derived from the Old English word that means deep waters.
Early Origins of the Devenay family
The surname Devenay was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Devenay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devenay research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devenay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Devenay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Devenay include Devenish, Devonish, Devanay, Devenay, Deveney, Devenney, Devenny, O'Devanny, O'Devenish, O'Devonish and many more.
Early Notables of the Devenay family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Devenay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Devenay family to Ireland
Some of the Devenay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 97 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Devenay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Devenay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Devenish who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, two children, and servants; another John settled in New England
in 1678; Hugh, Daniel, John, Michael, Samuel, Thomas, and William Devenney, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..
The Devenay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Spero et captivus nitor
Motto Translation: I hope, and though a captive I strive.