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The name Devenish has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived near a body of water derived from the Old English word that means deep waters.

Devenish Early Origins



The surname Devenish 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.

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Devenish Spelling Variations


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Devenish Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Devenish have been found, including Devenish, Devonish, Devanay, Devenay, Deveney, Devenney, Devenny, O'Devanny, O'Devenish, O'Devonish and many more.

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Devenish Early History


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Devenish Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devenish research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devenish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Devenish Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Devenish Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Devenish Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Devenish In Ireland


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Devenish In Ireland



Some of the Devenish 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Devenish, or a variant listed above:

Devenish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Devenish settled in New England in 1678
  • John Devenish who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, two children, and servants

Devenish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • A Sydney Devenish arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Elias Devenish arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Thomas Devenish arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Devenish (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Devenish (post 1700)



  • Carl E. Devenish, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1944
  • Nicolle Devenish, appointed January 5, 2005, by President George W. Bush to be Assistant to the President for Communications

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. 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).
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Devenish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devenish 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 16 November 2015 at 11:00.

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