Deverell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Deverell family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Herefordshire. This family was originally from Evreux, in Eure, Normandy, and it is from the local form of this place-name, D'Evreux, literally translating as "from Evreux." They claim descent from "the sovereign house of Normandy, deriving from Robert Count of Evereux, Archbishop of Rouen, son of Richard I of Normandy."  
Early Origins of the Deverell family
The surname Deverell was first found in Herefordshire where Roger D'Evreux and his brother were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was there that he married the sister of Walter de Lacy of Hereford. His widow, Helewysa gave lands to Gloucester Abbey and bore a son named Robert de Evrois. By 1165, there were two branches of the family in Hereford. 
"Amongst the principal Normans who accompanied the Conqueror, and participated in the triumph and spoil of Hastings, was Walter de Evereux, of Rosmar, in Normandy, who obtained, with other considerable grants, the Lordships of Salisbury and Ambresbery, which (having devised his hereditary possessions and Earldoms to Walter, his eldest son,) he bequeathed to his younger son, Edward de Evereux, thenceforward designated of Salisbury. This potent noble, who possessed, at the General Survey, lordships in the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Surrey, Hants, Middlesex, Hereford, Buckingham, and Wilts, bore the royal Standard at the battle of Brennevill, and eminently distinguished himself. His only son, Walter de Evereux, founded the Monastery of Bradenstoke, wherein, in his old age, he became a canon." 
Sir John Devereux second Lord Devereux (d. 1393), "belonged to a family which takes its name, according to Dugdale, from the town of Evreux in Normandy. It is found in English annals so early as 1140. Sir John Devereux was the son of Sir Walter DeveDevereux, and grandson of William, summoned as Baron in 1298. He was one of the English knights who apparently accompanied Du Guesclin into Spain in 1366 to dethrone Don Pedro." 
It was in Wiltshire that the Deverells permanently took root, and there they lived close upon four hundred and fifty years, and gave their name to a nest of adjacent hamlets, Kingston-Deverill, Longbridge Deverill, Monckton Deverill, Brixton Deverill and Hill Deverill, clustered along the little river Wiley; to Mount-Deverill, and Hussey-Deverill." 
The name Deverill is not uncommon to fiction. In particular, Edward Deverill was featured in Agatha Christie's Poirot story "Evil under the Sun," and the fictional Deverill Hall in Hampshire, in the village of King's Deverill which is prominently noted in The Mating Season, a novel by P. G. Wodehouse.
Early History of the Deverell family
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Deverell 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 Devereaux, Deverall, Deverell, Deverill, Devreux and many more.
Early Notables of the Deverell family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Devereux of Bodenham (c. 1315-1367), High Sheriff of Herefordshire (1362-1372); Sir Walter Devereux of Bodenham (c. 1339-1383), High Sheriff of Herefordshire (1374-1376); Walter Devereux (1411-1459) was Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1449 to about 1451; Walter Devereux (son of Walter Devereux), jure uxoris 7th Baron Ferrers of Chartley (c.1431-1485), was a minor member of the English peerage, a loyal supporter of the Yorkist cause during the Wars of the Roses, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field and his son, John Devereux, 8th Baron Ferrers of Chartley (1463-1501)...
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Migration of the Deverell family to Ireland
Some of the Deverell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Deverell migration to the United States +
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 Deverell or a variant listed above were:
Deverell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Anne and George Deverell, who settled in Virginia in 1623
- George Deverell, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 
Deverell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Deverell, who landed in New York in 1808 
Deverell migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Deverell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Deverell, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander" 
Deverell migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Deverell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Jonathan Deverell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
- Emma Deverell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
- Walter Deverell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
- Alfred Deverell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
- Mr. Joseph George Deverell, (b. 1852), aged 22, English settler from Bedfordshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Deverell (post 1700) +
- Walter Howell Deverell (1827-1854), American-born, English artist, associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
- William Herbert Deverell (b. 1937), Canadian novelist, activist, and criminal lawyer, awarded the Dashiell Hammett Prize (1997), the McClelland & Stewart 50,000 Seal Award and the 1998 Arthur Ellis Award
- Rita Shelton Deverell CM (b. 1945), Canadian CBC television broadcaster and social activist, inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
- Richard George Deverell (b. 1965), British Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2012-)
- John Deverell (1880-1965), British actor, active in the 1920s and 1930s
- General Sir Jack Deverell KCB OBE (b. 1945), British Army General officer, Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe
- Sir Colville Montgomery Deverell GBE, KCMG, CVO (1907-1995), Irish cricketer and colonial administrator, Governor of the Windward Islands (1955-1960), 28th Governor of Mauritius (1959-1962)
- Lieutenant-General Christopher Michael Deverell MBE, British Army General officer, Quartermaster-General to the Forces
- Field Marshal Sir Cyril John Deverell GCB, KBE, ADC, DL (1874-1947), British military officer, Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1936 and 1937
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The Deverell 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: Virtutis comes invidia
Motto Translation: Envy is the companion of virtue.
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