The ancient history of the Deventry name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided 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 Deventry family
The surname Deventry 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 Deventry family
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Deventry Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Deventry include Daventry, Daintry, Dainty, Dantry, Dantye and others.
Early Notables of the Deventry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deventry family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Deventry or a variant listed above: William Daintry who settled in New England
in 1695; Henry Dainty settled in Barbados in 1640; Katherine Daintye settled in Maryland in 1685.