The ancestry of the name Devon dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived near a body of water derived from the Old English word that means deep waters.
Early Origins of the Devon family
The surname Devon
was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Devon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devon
research.Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Devon Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Devon
have been found, including Devenish, Devonish, Devanay, Devenay, Deveney, Devenney, Devenny, O'Devanny, O'Devenish, O'Devonish and many more.
Early Notables of the Devon family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Devon family to Ireland
Some of the Devon
family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 54 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Devon family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Devon
, or a variant listed above:
Devon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ann Devon, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Devon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Caroline Devon, aged 19, a maid servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1854.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name Devon (post 1700)
- Arnold Devon, American politician, Mayor of East Liverpool, Ohio, 1951-53 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Baron John Foot of Devon,
- Anthony Devon Pleasant (b. 1968), American football defensive line coach
- Jason Devon Bostic (b. 1976), former American football defensive back
- Anthony Devon Cannon (b. 1984), American football linebacker
- Jimmie Devon Dixson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Devon Malcolm (b. 1963), Jamaica-born, English cricketer who played in 40 Test matches
- Devon Kershaw (b. 1982), Canadian gold medalist cross country skier at the 2011 World Championships
- Devon Kenneth-Thomas Bostick (b. 1991), Canadian actor, best known for his roles in the film Adoration, and as Rodrick Heffley in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies
- Devon Allman (b. 1972), American vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter
The Devon 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: Spero et captivus nitor
Motto Translation: I hope, and though a captive I strive.