Devers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Devers 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. 
"No prouder name than De Vere has graced the annals of our English baronage; none has been borne by a longer succession of Earls; none has been more magnificently extolled, or more eloquently lamented. Its very sound is aristocratic, and carries with it the memory of its 567 years of nobility." 
Early Origins of the Devers family
The surname Devers 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, 
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." 
Early History of the Devers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devers research. Another 119 words (8 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 Devers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Devers Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled DeVere, DeVera, Dever, Devere, Vere, Ver, Vaire and many more.
Early Notables of the Devers family (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), he was convicted of high treason and beheaded on Tower Hill on 26 February 1462; John de Vere, 14th Earl of Oxford (1499-1526), an English peer and landowner...
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In the United States, the name Devers is the 11,718th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Devers family to Ireland
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Migration of the Devers family
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Devers or a variant listed above: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Devers (post 1700) +
- Amy Devers (b. 1971), American furniture designer, carpenter, television personality
- Marcos A. Devers (b. 1950), American politician, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (2010-), President of the Lawrence, Massachusetts City Council (2002-2004)
- General Jacob Loucks Devers (1887-1979), American Chief of the Office of Army Field Forces (1948-1949) 
- Yolanda Gail Devers (b. 1966), American three-time Olympic champion in track and field, winner of fourteen gold medals and four silver medals, inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the National Track and Field Hall of Fame
- William E. Devers, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 32nd District, 1975 
- Claire Devers (b. 1955), French 1987 César Award for Best Debut nominated director and writer
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The Devers 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.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) Jacob Devers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Devers/Jacob_Loucks/USA.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html