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Where did the French Devoe family come from? What is the French Devoe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Devoe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Devoe family history?

The surname Devoe is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Devoe is a contraction of an Old French phrase meaning beautiful valley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place at one time.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Beliveau, Béliveau, Belivaux, Bélivaux, Belliveau, Bélliveau, Bellivaux, Béllivaux, Belleveau, Bellevaux, de Bellevau and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat from ancient times in the town of Volnay in the district of Beaune.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devoe research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1555, 1666, 1669, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Devoe History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devoe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Frederick Devoe, who arrived in New York in 1675
  • Nicholas DeVoe, who landed in New Jersey in 1678

Devoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J B Devoe, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mr. Devoe, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • A Devoe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Devoe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Conradt Devoe U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Johann Ernst Devoe U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784


  • Charles Devoe (1982-2010), American male model
  • Donald E. "Don" DeVoe (b. 1941), former American college basketball coach
  • Todd Vaughn Devoe (b. 1980), American football wide receiver
  • Emma Smith DeVoe (1848-1927), American Republican Party activist and leading suffragette
  • Brigadier-General Ralph Godwin DeVoe (1883-1966), American Commanding General Halloran General Hospital (1942-1946)


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The Devoe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devoe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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