The surname Devy is from the unique Celtic culture that developed in Wales
. This particular surname is from the personal name
David, which means darling or friend. This name was common in England
from the 12th century onward, but was particularly popular in Wales
even earlier. One of the most famous bearers of this personal name in Wales
was David ap Gryffydd, the last Prince of North Wales
, who was executed c. 1276 by King Edward I
Early Origins of the Devy family
The surname Devy was first found in Cornwall
, although they are thought to have been in Wales
from very ancient times; long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Devy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devy research.Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1621, 1622, 1846, 1588, 1654, 1621, 1622, 1629, 1630, 1612, 1678, 1661, 1670, 1671, 1660, 1692, 1679, 1685, 1662, 1707, 1640, 1710 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Devy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Devy Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Devy has occasionally been spelled Davy, Davey, Davie, Daivey, Daivy, Daivie, Dayvy, Dayvie, Dayvey, Devy, Devie and many more.
Early Notables of the Devy family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir John Davie, 1st Baronet
(1588-1654), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622, High Sheriff
from 1629 to 1630; Sir John Davie, 2nd Baronet
(1612-1678), an English politician who sat... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Devy family to Ireland
Some of the Devy family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 69 words (5 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 Devy family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Devy John Davie who acquired estates in Boston Massachusetts about the year 1650; Humphrey David, son of Sir John Davie, a merchant who had been created a knight in 1641. Another John Davie was also created a freeman of Boston in 1636. John Davie settled in Virginia in 1639.