The name ‘Davenport’ originates from England. It is derived from the habitational name from a place in Cheshire, England, so called from a Briton river name (apparently a cognate of the Middle Welsh word ‘dafnu’ meaning to drop, tackle) and the Old English word ‘port’ meaning market town. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Davenport’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 12th century were a ‘Orm de Davenport’, from Cheshire, England, is recorded in 1166. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘William Davenport’, aged 15, a labourer by trade, from the City of London, England, emigrated to North America in 1774. He sailed from the Port of London aboard the ship named the ‘London Packet’ on the 3rd of October 1774, arriving in Philadelphia on the 10th of October 1774, where he served as indentured servant to a Mr. John Cook. ‘Davenp… Coat of arms: Argent a chevron between three crosses cr…
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