Donartay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Donartay is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Donartay family lived in the township of Davenport, in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Donartay family
The surname Donartay was first found in Cheshire where they were descended from Ormus de Davenport of Davenport Hall Farm  in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire. He is the first recorded ancestor of the family.
"The Davenports claim precedence among the knightly families of Cheshire, - that 'seed-plot of gentry,' 'the mother and the nurse of the gentility of England,' and are traced directly to the Conquest." 
"The manor [of Marton, Cheshire] was given to an ancestor of the Davenport family, as a dowry with the daughter of Venables, Baron of Kinderton, in the reign of Henry I." 
Early History of the Donartay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donartay research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1670, 1566, 1645, 1631, 1598, 1680, 1623 and 1477 are included under the topic Early Donartay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donartay Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Davenport, Davenporte, Donarty and others.
Early Notables of the Donartay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Davenport (1597-1670), an English Puritan clergyman from Coventry, Warwickshire, co-founder of the American colony of New Haven, eponym of Davenport College, Yale University. 
Sir Humphrey Davenport of Davenport (1566-1645), was Chief...
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Migration of the Donartay family to Ireland
Some of the Donartay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Donartay family
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Donartay or a variant listed above: John Davenport who settled in New Haven, Conn. in 1630; he was first minister there, and an ex Mayor of Coventry, England. Descended from him was William Bales Davenport of Brooklyn. Richard Davenport of Salem, who settled there in 1632. Elizabeth Davenport settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637.
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