Devonport is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Devonport family lived in the township of Davenport, in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire
Early Origins of the Devonport family
The surname Devonport was first found in Cheshire
where they were descended from Ormus de Davenport of Davenport Hall Farm CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire
. He is the first recorded ancestor of the family. "The Davenports claim precedence among the knightly families of Cheshire
, - that 'seed-plot of gentry,' 'the mother and the nurse of the gentility of England
,' and are traced directly to the Conquest." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"The manor [of Marton, Cheshire] was given to an ancestor of the Davenport family, as a dowry with the daughter of Venables, Baron
of Kinderton, in the reign of Henry I." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Devonport family
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Devonport Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Davenport, Davenporte, Donarty and others.
Early Notables of the Devonport family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Davenport (1597-1670), an English Puritan clergyman from Coventry, Warwickshire
, co-founder of the American colony of New Haven, eponym of Davenport College, Yale University; Sir Humphrey... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devonport Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Devonport family to Ireland
Some of the Devonport family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 97 words (7 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 Devonport family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Devonport Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Devonport, aged 16, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
- Levi Devonport, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888