Last name: Davenport

This unusual surname recorded in the spellings of Davenport and Devenport, is of Anglo- Saxon origin, and is a locational name from 'Davenport' in Cheshire. Curiously 'Devonport' in Devon, does not seem to have produced surnames. Recorded as "Deneport" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as "Devennport" in the 1130 charters of the Abbey of Durham, the place is so called from situation on the river Dane. The river name is an ancient British (pre-Roman) one, "Dauen" or "Daan", related to the Middle Welsh dafn", meaning "a trickling stream". The second element "port" derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century word for a harbour or wharf. This is ultimately from the Latin "portus", of the same meaning. Locational surnames were originally given to the lord of the manor, or as a means of identification to those who left their place of origin to settle elsewhere. Early examples of the surname include: Ormus de Davenport in the Cheshire rolls of 1166, and Richard de Daveneport in the Staffordshire charters of 1203. In 1555, one John Davenport, of Henbury, was noted in the Wills Records at Cheshire. A family of the name whose seat is still Capesthorne Hall, near Macclesfield, claim descent from Vivian de Davenport (deceased circa 1257). A Coat of Arms granted to the Davenport family of Davenport, descended from Ormus de Davenport (above), is a silver shield with a chevron between three black crosses crosslet fitchee, the Crest being a man's head, couped at the shoulders and side head proper with a golden rope around the neck. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard de Deveneport, which was dated 1162, in the "Pipe Rolls of Cheshire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189.

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Lorraine Davenport

Hi Before I start can I say a hello to my fellow Davenport's.... My brother has traced our line of Davenports and as far as he can go back our branch were living in Clewer near Windsor (I cannot quite recall how many years back it goes but as old as Clewer church records)....does anyone know of any information we could look at from there? Thanks

Richard F. Davenport
I was just curious mostely thought I'd check it out.

Craig J Davenport
Davenport ,the name was given to a friend of William The Conqueror, by William to Orme. They came to England in the middle of the 11th century. They came from France and surnames were relatively scarce..I don't know William's surname, ut I do know Orme Davenport was the first Davenport.

Edwin Davenport
that's odd we are Sephardi Jews ,via Spain ,France into Puerto Rico, I check on ancestry all the way back into 1800,before that it was from the name Velei turned to Velez as per any Jewish family ,that has gone through political change ,my birthcerti indicate changes made ,I'm still checking .

Eileen Townsend
It's interesting reading your information Edwin as my husband's grandmother was a Davenport from Cheshire, England, and we always understood that her branch of Davenports were of Sephardic Jewish origin. We'd be very interested with any more information you may find on Davenport Jewish roots.

im shawn davenport
My branch of davenports originated from chesire England.went to Barbados and then northern nj.they have Jewish DNA and by look of my dads family wit big nosesi see and believe we of Jewish ancestry