Devich is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Devich comes from the first name David, which means "beloved." The name David was quite popular as an honor to the biblical king of that name. Its popularity increased in Britain firstly by virtue of its being the name of the patron saint of Wales.
Early Origins of the Devich family
The surname Devich was first found in Sussex
where they were Lords of the manor of Peasmarsh in that shire, and were descended from Robert, Count of Eu, in Normandy.
Early History of the Devich family
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Devich Spelling Variations
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 Davidge, Davidis, Daivilla, Daivile, Davadge and others.
Early Notables of the Devich family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Devich family to the New World and Oceana
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 Devich or a variant listed above: John Davidge settled in Lower Burgeo, Newfoundland, in 1848; Thomas Davidge was a planter
of Mose Ambrose, Newfoundland, in 1858; Thomas Davage was a planter of Bay du Nord, Newfoundland in 1871.