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The name Dever arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dever family lived in Essex, but the family can trace their roots much farther back. They were originally from Ver, near Bayeux, Normandy where it was from the local form of this place-name, de Ver. Their surname literally translates as from Ver.

Dever Early Origins



The surname Dever was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. In the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Aubrey (Albericus) de Vere (died c. 1112) was a tenant-in-chief in England of William the Conqueror in 1086 and progenitor of the Earls of Oxford. He was one of the great landowners of England and held his castle from the King at Hedingham in Essex. He also held Kensington a suburb of London. The first Earl of Oxford was Aubrey de Vere, (c. 1115-1194.) His son Robert de Vere (c. 1165-1221), 3rd Earl of Oxford was hereditary Master Chamberlain of England and was one of the guarantors of Magna Carta. This line of earls continued until Aubrey de Vere, 20th Earl of Oxford (1627-1703.) Lavenham, Suffolk, became the home of the family of the Earls of Oxford. "The church was rebuilt in the reign of Henry VI., partly by the De Veres, earls of Oxford, who resided here, and partly by the family of Spring, wealthy clothiers. The entrance is by a porch, supposed to have been erected by John de Vere (1442-1513), the fourteenth earl of Oxford, and much enriched; over the arch is a finely-sculptured double niche, and on each side of the niche are three escutcheons, each bearing quartered coats of arms of the De Vere family." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Dever Spelling Variations


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Dever Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled DeVere, DeVera, Dever, Devere, Vere, Ver, Vaire and many more.

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Dever Early History


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Dever Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dever research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1385, 1338, 1400, 1385, 1417, 1408, 1462, 1462, 1499, 1526, 1482, 1540, 1516, 1562, 1550, 1604, 1593, 1625, 1575, 1632, 1627 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Dever History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dever Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dever Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who was made Marquess of Dublin in 1385 by King Richard II; Aubrey de Vere, 10th Earl of Oxford (c. 1338-1400); Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford (1385?-1417); John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford (1408-1462)...

Another 102 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dever Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dever In Ireland


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Dever In Ireland



Some of the Dever family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Dever or a variant listed above were:

Dever Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Grace Dever, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Richard Dever, who arrived in Maryland in 1658

Dever Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Dever, aged 55, landed in Delaware in 1803
  • Edward Dever, who landed in Connecticut in 1811
  • Edward Dever who settled in New London Conn. in 1811 with his family
  • Cornelius, Daniel, Denis, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Neil, Samuel, Thomas, and William Dever all settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865

Dever Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Dever arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dever (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dever (post 1700)



  • Kaitlyn Dever (b. 1996), American child actress, known for her roles in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong
  • Barbara Dever (b. 1951), American mezzo-soprano who has appeared with Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and James Levine
  • William Emmett Dever (1862-1929), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908 (alternate), 1924, 1928; Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, 1923-27
  • Ross Allen Dever, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1952
  • Robert M. Dever, American politician, Mayor of Woburn, Massachusetts, 1999-2000
  • Paul Andrew Dever (1903-1958), American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1929-34; Massachusetts State Attorney General, 1935-41
  • Owen J. Dever, American Democrat politician, Manufacturer; Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County 2nd District, 1922-25; Resigned 1925
  • Justin Dever, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 2008
  • John J. Dever, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1926
  • William G. Dever, American archaeologist
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Vero nihil verius
Motto Translation: Nothing truer than truth.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. 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.
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The Dever Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dever 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.

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