Donnarty is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Donnarty family lived in the township of Davenport, in the parish of Astbury in East Cheshire
Early Origins of the Donnarty family
The surname Donnarty was first found in Cheshire
where they were descended from Ormus de Davenport of Davenport Hall Farm CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Donnarty family
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Donnarty Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Donnarty include Davenport, Davenporte, Donarty and others.
Early Notables of the Donnarty 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... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donnarty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donnarty family to Ireland
Some of the Donnarty family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 34 words (2 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 Donnarty family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Donnartys to arrive on North American shores: 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.