Devenney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Devenney name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Devenney was originally derived from a family having lived near a body of water derived from the Old English word that means deep waters.

Early Origins of the Devenney family

The surname Devenney 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 Devenney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devenney research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devenney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Devenney Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Devenney include Devenish, Devonish, Devanay, Devenay, Deveney, Devenney, Devenny, O'Devanny, O'Devenish, O'Devonish and many more.

Early Notables of the Devenney family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Devenney family to Ireland

Some of the Devenney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Devenney migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Devenney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh, Daniel, John, Michael, Samuel, Thomas, and William Devenney, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Canada Devenney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devenney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Devenney, aged 25, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Devenney (post 1700) +

  • Cornelius Devenney, American politician, Mayor of Bellmawr, New Jersey, 1955 [1]
  • Michael Paul Devenney (b. 1980), retired English professional footballer
  • The Revd. Dave Devenney, Scottish Church of Scotland Royal Navy Chaplain
  • Maurice Devenney (b. 1958), British politician, Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Foyle (2014-2015), Mayor of Londonderry (2011-2012)
  • Brendan Devenney, former Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Mary Jo Devenney, Hollywood Sound Department specialist, best known for her work on Dances with Wolves (1990), State of Play (2009) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

The Devenney 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.

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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