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The present generation of the Devenny family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived near a body of water derived from the Old English word that means deep waters.

Devenny Early Origins



The surname Devenny 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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Devenny Spelling Variations


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Devenny 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 Devenny include Devenish, Devonish, Devanay, Devenay, Deveney, Devenney, Devenny, O'Devanny, O'Devenish, O'Devonish and many more.

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Devenny Early History


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Devenny Early History



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

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Devenny Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Devenny Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Devenny In Ireland


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Devenny In Ireland



Some of the Devenny 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



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 Devenny were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Devenny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elinor Devenny, aged 27, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • Mary Devenny, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1897
  • John Devenny, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1898

Devenny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Devenny, aged 40, who landed in America from Cork, in 1904
  • Frank Devenny, aged 30, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1904
  • Charles Devenny, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from Letterkenny, Ireland, in 1910
  • John Devenny, aged 30, who landed in America from Laghey, Ireland, in 1911
  • Mary Jane Devenny, aged 25, who landed in America from Londonderry, Ireland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Devenny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Devenny, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Devenny (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Devenny (post 1700)



  • David DeVenny, American Democrat politician, County Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1891

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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. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Devenny Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devenny 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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