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Devost History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname Devost 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 Devost 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.

Early Origins of the Devost family


The surname Devost was 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.

Early History of the Devost family


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Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1555, 1666, 1669, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Devost History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Devost Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Devost family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Devost family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devost Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jeffre Devost, aged 59, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Chicago" from Havre, France [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ68-W5Q : 6 December 2014), Jeffre Devost, 21 Dec 1910; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Delia Devost, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Chicago" from Havre, France [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ68-W57 : 6 December 2014), Delia Devost, 21 Dec 1910; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Lea Devesta Devost, aged 25, originally from Rossiano, Italy, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Patria" from Naples, Italy [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNGH-G25 : 6 December 2014), Lea Devesta Devost, 01 Nov 1922; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Patria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Devost (post 1700)


  • Matthew Devost, American co-founder and president of the Terrorism Research Center in 1996
  • Brent Devost, Canadian founder of the Edge School, a private school that combines athletics with a strong emphasis on academics in Alberta, Canada; at least four future NHL players graduated from there

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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ68-W5Q : 6 December 2014), Jeffre Devost, 21 Dec 1910; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ68-W57 : 6 December 2014), Delia Devost, 21 Dec 1910; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNGH-G25 : 6 December 2014), Lea Devesta Devost, 01 Nov 1922; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Patria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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