Deventray is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Daventry, a town in Northants (now Northampton). The place-name was rendered as Daventrei in the Domesday Book, CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census and survey taken by William the Conqueror in 1086. The place-name Daventry is derived from the Old English personal name Dafa,
and means "tree of a man called Dafa, Dafa's tree." It is interesting to note that the pronunciation of the placename Daventry is not as it would appear. Locals pronounce Daventry as Daintree,
giving rise to the many variations of this name that are found. Another source has a different understanding about the origin of the place name. "The British name of this place, Dwy-Avon-Tre, 'the town of two Avons,' from which its present appellation is derived, originated in its situation between the source of the river Leam, which falls into the Western Avon, and the river Nene, anciently styled the Aufona. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early Origins of the Deventray family
The surname Deventray was first found in Northampton
at Daventry, a market-town, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred
Early History of the Deventray family
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Deventray Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Deventray family name include Daventry, Daintry, Dainty, Dantry, Dantye and others.
Early Notables of the Deventray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deventray family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Deventray surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Daintry who settled in New England
in 1695; Henry Dainty settled in Barbados in 1640; Katherine Daintye settled in Maryland in 1685.