Devonaunt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Devonaunt family
The surname Devonaunt was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when the held estates in that county.
Early History of the Devonaunt family
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Devonaunt Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Davenant, Devanant, Davenaunt, Devonaunt, Davenont, Devonont, Davenon, Devenon, D'Avenant and many more.
Early Notables of the Devonaunt family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Davenant (1576-1641), Bishop of Salisbury, born in 1576 in Watling Street, London, where his father was a wealthy merchant. He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, of which society he became a fellow in 1597. 
Sir William Davenant (ca.1606-1668), also spelled D'Avenant, was an English poet and playwright; and his son...
Migration of the Devonaunt family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..