Double barrelled surnames are the (usually) Victorian equavilent of the Olde English Compound names of the pre 8th Century. In effect they have a double identity but a singular individual meaning and origin. In this case although 'deVere' is of French origin, from Ver near Bayeux, the family is most associated with Castle Hedinghan in Essex where they have held lands since the Conquest, or Curragh Chase in County Limerick, whose Coat of Arms is quartered, Blue and Gold, the Crest being A wild Boar on a Cap of maintenance. 'Hunt' is also french, being a metonymic for a Hunter as in Ralphe Hunt, 1219. The Yorkshire Pipe Rolls. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alberic de Ver. which was dated 1086, The Domesday Book, Essex. during the reign of King William I, The conqueror, 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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