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Origins Available: French, German


The surname Devos is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Devos is a contraction of an Old French phrase meaning beautiful valley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place at one time.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Beliveau, Béliveau, Belivaux, Bélivaux, Belliveau, Bélliveau, Bellivaux, Béllivaux, Belleveau, Bellevaux, de Bellevau and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat from ancient times in the town of Volnay in the district of Beaune.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devos research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1555, 1666, 1669, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Devos History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devos Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Andries DeVos, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1640
  • Balthasaer DeVos, who arrived in New York in 1662
  • Balthazaer DeVos, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1662
  • Catherine Renard DeVos, who arrived in New York, NY in 1662
  • Anna DeVos, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1665


Devos Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Pierre Henry Devos, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724

Devos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Singis DeVos, aged 6, landed in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Auvan DeVos, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Elias Phillip DeVos, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Jacob DeVos, aged 9, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Jan DeVos, aged 45, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847


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  • Richard DeVos, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988
  • Martha DeVos, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1944
  • Margaret DeVos, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964
  • John Devos, American politician, United Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1936
  • Elizabeth DeVos, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988, 2000
  • Dick DeVos (b. 1955), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Board of Education; Elected 1990
  • Cornelis de Vos (1585-1651), Flemish painter


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  9. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
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The Devos Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devos 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.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 11:45.

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