Devoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Devoe family

The surname Devoe was 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.

Jean de Vaux was registered in 1295 as a squire in the fief at Volnay and is thought to be the patriarch of the family. Large areas of land were exchanged at the hands of Jean de Vaux who sold much of the family lands at Antigny to the Duke of Burgundy.

Nicolas De Veau, son of Henri and Anne, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in the province of Quebec he married Marie-Anne Tremblay, daughter of Jacques, at Ange-Gardien on 4th October 1769. [1]

Early History of the Devoe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devoe research. Another 90 words (6 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Devoe Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Devoe family (pre 1700)

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


United States Devoe migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Nicholas DeVoe, who landed in New Jersey in 1678 [2]
Devoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J B Devoe, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Mr. Devoe, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • A Devoe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Canada Devoe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devoe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Conradt Devoe U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Johann Ernst Devoe U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Devoe (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Ralph Godwin DeVoe (1883-1966), American Commanding General Halloran General Hospital (1942-1946) [4]
  • Emma Smith DeVoe (1848-1927), American Republican Party activist and leading suffragette
  • Todd Vaughn Devoe (b. 1980), American football wide receiver
  • Donald E. "Don" DeVoe (b. 1941), former American college basketball coach
  • Charles Devoe (1982-2010), American male model
  • Jack Devoe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1960 [5]
  • J. G. Devoe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1912 [5]
  • Fred W. DeVoe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1926 [5]
  • Elijah Devoe, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County, 1818-19, 1825 [5]
  • Charles G. DeVoe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1948 [5]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) Ralph DeVoe. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/DeVoe/Ralph_Godwin/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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