What's In Your Name?
Davenports Close to King
Tulsa Daily World Jan 6, 1972 issue (pg 14 Section A)
By: Charles Guarino
Contributed by George Davenport
Davenport was one of the earliest surnames in Britain. The name dates back to the time of the conquest of William I. William the Conquerer strengthened the power of his crown by building castles and giving the confiscated land of rebels to his followers.
The Davenports were among these followers given land titles. Ormus de Davenport is listed as one of the Norman King's primary supports.
During this time robbers roamed the forests of Leek and Maccesfiled. An ancient roll shows that these bandits were captured by forces which included several Davenports.
Davenport is an English place name from Davenport, Cheshire, England and was the gateway to the River Daven. The word signifies river, port, haven or harbor.
The Davenport family was also one of the early and important families in America. John Davenport, a zealous Puritan, came to America in the early 1600s where he founded the colony of New Haven.
Humphrey Davenport sailed from Barbadoes to Massachusetts as an early settler, later to settle in Hartford, Conn. A record of Richard Davenport is found in Salem in 1628. Francis Davenport, a mariner, arrived in Boston in 1675.
A silever shield bearing three crosses and a chevron of black depicts the Davenport coat of arms. Heraldic coats of arms bear many various types of crosses and many symbolic interpretations of the cross have accumulated over the centuries.
Generally speaking, however, the cross is associated with the Christian faith. Coat of arms shields were recorded in words, rarely pictured in old documents. There are few colors used in heraldry.
Note: This is from the College of Arms
Q.Do coats of arms belong to surnames?
A. No. There is no such thing as a 'coat of arms for a surname'. Many people of the same surname will often be entitled to completely different coats of arms, and many of that surname will be entitled to no coat of arms. Coats of arms belong to individuals. For any person to have a right to a coat of arms they must either have had it granted to them or be descended in the legitimate male line from a person to whom arms were granted or confirmed in the past.
John Scott DavenportJSDDOC@aol.com
(Posted on the Davenport Surname List Jan 7, 2001)
I'm no expert on Heraldry, but I believe that all members of provable
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