Early Origins of the Devonshere family
Devon at Thorcombe, a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Axminster. It is here that Devonius, or John of Devonshire, chaplain and confessor to King John, was abbot, and, about 1217, was buried in the conventual church. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. The origin of the place name is indeed interesting. It was originally "called by the Cornish Britons Deunan, apparently from the inequality of its surface; of which name the [Danmonion] and Danmonii of Ptolemy seem to be only modifications. The Welsh termed it Deuffneynt, signifying 'deep valleys,' and, like the former, descriptive of the surface of the county; and a softening of this name with the addition of the word scyre, a share or portion, appears to have produced the Anglo-Saxon Devenascyre, Devnascyre, and Devenschire, in modern English Devonshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. As far as the surname is concerned, the first record was found in Norfolk in the year 1288 when William de Devon held estates in that county. We know he was originally from Devon, but little else is known. From very early times, the name was found in various locals including Kent, Wiltshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) The name is obviously a "regional name for someone from the county of Devon and is probably originally an ancient British tribal name, from the Old English Defnas, men of Devon, or perhaps from the Latin Dumnonii, meaning 'worshippers of the god Dumnous.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early History of the Devonshere family
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Devonshere Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Devonshire, Devonsheir, Devenshire, Devenshore, Devonshore, Devonshaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Devonshere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Devonshere family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.
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