Devereux History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Devereux 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." [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Devereux family

The surname Devereux 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. [1]

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." [3]

Brixton Deverill is a small village and civil parish in the Deverill Valley, Wiltshire, England. And Longbridge Deverill is a village and civil parish nearby, as is Kingston Deverill and Monkton 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 is prominently noted in The Mating Season. is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse.

Early History of the Devereux family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devereux research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1315, 1367, 1362, 1372, 1339, 1383, 1374, 1376, 1411, 1459, 1449, 1451, 1431, 1485, 1463, 1501, 1489, 1558, 1550, 1566, 1601, 1591, 1646, 1578, 1658, 1614, 1624, 1621, 1683, 1660, 1617 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Devereux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Devereux Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Devereaux, Deverall, Deverell, Deverill, Devreux and many more.

Early Notables of the Devereux 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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Ireland Migration of the Devereux family to Ireland

Some of the Devereux family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Devereux migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Devereux or a variant listed above:

Devereux Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Warren Devereux, who landed in Maryland in 1637 [4]
Devereux Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Devereux, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [4]
  • John, Lawrence, Michael, Miles, Nicholas, Robert, Phillip, and William Devereux, who settled in Pennsylvania between 1844 and 1870
  • Thomas Herbert Devereux, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [4]

Canada Devereux migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devereux Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Devereux, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Lady Douglas" from New Ross

Australia Devereux migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Devereux Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Devereux, aged 27, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"
  • Elizabeth Devereux, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

New Zealand Devereux 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:

Devereux Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Devereux, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th December 1851 [5]
  • A. J. Devereux, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Devereux (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Forrester Devereux (1838-1906), American colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War, awarded the honorary rank of brevet brigadier general, United States Volunteers, by President Andrew Johnson
  • Helena Trafford Devereux (1885-1975), American founder of The Devereux Foundation
  • John Patrick Devereux (b. 1963), retired American soccer midfielder/defender
  • Nicholas Devereux (1791-1855), Irish-born, American financier and banker, founder of Utica Savings Bank, brother of John C. Devereux
  • John C. Devereux (1774-1848), Irish-born, American politician, 1st Mayor of Utica, New York
  • John Henry Devereux (1840-1920), American architect and builder best known for his designs in Charleston, South Carolina
  • George Devereux (1908-1985), born György Dobó, a French-American ethnologist and psychoanalyst
  • Brigadier General James Patrick Sinnott Devereux (1903-1988), American Commanding Officer of the 1st Defense Battalion during the defense of Wake Island in December 1941
  • J. W. Devereux, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 5th District, 1873 [6]
  • Horace T. Devereux, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 1st District, 1887 [6]
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Eric Gordon Devereux (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Armadale, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [7]


The Devereux 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.


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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