Deveson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Deveson surname is a patronymic created from the personal name David.

Early Origins of the Deveson family

The surname Deveson was first found in Perth, Scotland, where, in 1219, Johnannes filius Davidis, a merchant in Perth, is mentioned. Some accounts suggest that around 1000 AD the Catti (Chattan) Clan, from whom the Davidson Clan descends, broke into two distinct factions, the MacKintosh and the MacPherson clans.

The Davidson Clan was part of the MacPherson element, but always considered itself to be the senior clan of the Chattan group. Records from the Ragman Rolls show Adami fiz Dauid of Forfarshire and Johan le fiz David of Berwickshire rendering homage to King Edward I of England in 1296.

Bearers of Deveson were found on both sides of the Scottish-English border. The first estates of the Clan Deveson were at Invernahaven, a small estate in Badenoch, where they were said to be found from the mid 14th century.

Early History of the Deveson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deveson research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1350, 1500, 1396, 1411, 1408, 1500, 1466, 1670, 1411, 1541, 1608, 1566, 1635, 1660, 1602, 1575, 1695, 1750, 1695 and are included under the topic Early Deveson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deveson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Davison, Davidson, Davisint, Davisyn, Debison, Dawysone, Dawyson, Davysone, Davyson, Davitson, Dawysown, Davisoun, Davisend, Davidsone, Davidson, Daveysone, Daveyson, Dauyson, Dawysume, Dauysum and many more.

Early Notables of the Deveson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Sir Robert Davidson, Chief of the Clan Davidson, who was killed at the Battle of Harlaw, in 1411. William Davison (1541?-1608), was "Secretary of Queen Elizabeth, was, according to his own account, of Scottish descent. In June 1566 he went to Scotland as secretary to Henry Killegrew, the English ambassador, and congratulated Mary of Scotland on the birth of her son James. According to Sir James Melvill, he described himself at that early date as `a favourer of the king's right and title to the crown of...
Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deveson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Deveson family to Ireland

Some of the Deveson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Deveson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deveson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E. L. Deveson, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1893
Deveson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George A. Deveson, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Deveson (post 1700) +

  • Anne Barbara Deveson AO (1930-2016), Malayan-born, Australian writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and social commentator
  • Ivan Deveson AO (b. 1934), Australian businessman, author and politician, the 100th Lord Mayor of Melbourne (1996 to 1999)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Phoebe Jane Deveson (1873-1914), née Giles Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [1]
  • Mr. Frederick George Deveson (1868-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [1]


  1. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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