Devonporte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Devonporte was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Devonporte family lived in the township of Davenport, in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Devonporte family

The surname Devonporte was first found in Cheshire where they were descended from Ormus de Davenport of Davenport Hall Farm [1] 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." [2] "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." [3]

Important Dates for the Devonporte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devonporte research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1670, 1631, 1598, 1680 and 1477 are included under the topic Early Devonporte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Devonporte Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Davenport, Davenporte, Donarty and others.

Early Notables of the Devonporte 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 Devonporte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Devonporte family to Ireland

Some of the Devonporte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 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 Devonporte family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Devonporte or a variant listed above: John Davenport who settled in New Haven, Conn. in 1630; he was first minister there, and an ex Mayor of Coventry, England. Descended from him was William Bales Davenport of Brooklyn. Richard Davenport of Salem, who settled there in 1632. Elizabeth Davenport settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637.

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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