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Where did the English Devere family come from? What is the English Devere family crest and coat of arms? When did the Devere family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Devere family history?

Devere is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Devere 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.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include DeVere, DeVera, Dever, Devere, Vere, Ver, Vaire and many more.

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] Aubri De Ver 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. He was ancestor of the Earls of Oxford.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devere 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 Devere History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 289 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Devere 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.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Devere or a variant listed above:

Devere Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Chas. H. Devere, aged 30, who landed in America from Tyrone, in 1893
  • George Devere, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1893

Devere Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mildred Devere, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Caroline Devere, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • George Devere, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1910
  • Flora Devere, aged 28, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Lewis R. Devere, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1912


  • Trish Van Devere (b. 1943), American actress
  • Bob Devere (b. 1896), Irish-American boxer
  • Edward de Vere (1550-1604), English court poet
  • Arthur Devère (1883-1961), Belgian film actor
  • Luke DeVere (b. 1989), Australian football player
  • Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814-1902), Irish poet


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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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Devere Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devere 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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