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Devonshire Early Origins



The surname Devonshire was first found in 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. [1]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." [1]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. [2]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.' " [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

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Devonshire Spelling Variations


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Devonshire Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Devonshire, Devonsheir, Devenshire, Devenshore, Devonshore, Devonshaw and many more.

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Devonshire Early History


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Devonshire Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devonshire research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Devonshire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Devonshire Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Devonshire Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Devonshire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devonshire Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Bartho Devonshire, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Devonshire Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. E Devonshire, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Stanley Devonshire, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Devonshire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Devonshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • Charles Devonshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • Elizabeth Devonshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • John Charles Devonshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • Joanna Devonshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Devonshire (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Devonshire (post 1700)



  • George Devonshire, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Cayuga County, 1937
  • Alan Devonshire (b. 1956), retired English footballer and manager
  • Paula Devonshire, Canadian two-time Director's Guild of Canada Award nominated producer
  • Andy Devonshire, British two-time BAFTA nominated director, producer and cinematographer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Devonshire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devonshire Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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