Devon - Names, Personal
Studies on Devon Surnames - a detailed account by Max Hooper.
Surnames occurring in the Devon FHS's various indexes (in the Members area of their website, and on Findmypast.)
Devon names in John Titford's Guides to Auctioneers' Catalogues and Booksellers' Manuscript Material, provided by Jean Harris.
Here is an explanatory note Personal Names in Devon: Family Names as Middle Names, provided by Arthur French.
Mike Brown, of Dartmoor Press, has provided an essay Some Devon Surname Aliases, together with an index of over 200 actual aliases gathered from a variety of Devon documents. A further essay on the topic, Aliases - a Discriminant Function, is provided by Max Hooper.
Surname Index to articles about particular persons or families, in various genealogical journals.
The South West England Genealogical Indexes's West Country Newspapers surname index currently has about 25,000 names covering Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall, from eight newspapers, during the period 1770-1835 (archived copy).
Names of Admissions to Devon County Lunatic Asylum, 1880-81.
Names of Devonshire men classified as "Ignoble Omnes", in by William Camden in 1620.
List of Papists and Delinquents sequestered in North Devon, 1648.
A seventeenth century petition, from North-West Devon.
In 1678 many parishes throughout the country held collections to raise funds for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral - all the Devon returns have been transcribed.
Trewman's Exeter Flying Post contains numerous Game Lists, i.e. lists of persons who had obtained Game Certificates. (Some 38,000 names have been extracted from these lists.)
Game Lists from the North Devon Journal, the Western Times and the Sherborne Mercury provided by Lindsey Withers.
Names of Devonshire bankrupts listed in The Bankrupt Directory (1843). (Covers the period 1821 to early 1843).
Names and details of bankrupts listed in Exeter Flying Post (1800-20) and Exeter Flying Post (1842-1900) compiled by Lindsey Withers.
Insolvent debtors listed in the London Gazette (1720-1849), compiled by Lindsey Withers.
Listing of Land Tax Commissioners' Names, from the London Gazette for 2 Jul 1886, provided by Beverley Edmonds
Listing of Land Tax Commissioners' Names, from the London Gazette for 28 Dec 1906, provided by Beverley Edmonds
Announcements regarding absconders listed in London Gazette (18thC) and Exeter Flying Post (19thC) compiled by Lindsey Withers.
Monmouth Rebels - names of the Devon men who were tried and executed for taking part in the Monmouth Rebellion, from King's Warrant Book XIII, pp. 440-45 (July 17, 1688) by Jean Harris.
Monmouth Rebels - 1685 - names of the rebels, from an article by Karl Cherry in Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries Vol 6 1910/11, transcribed by Jean Harris.
Devonians involved in The Monmouth Rebellion, 1685, extracted from: W.M. Wigfield's The Monmouth Rebels, 1685.
Devon-Shire section, of Monmouth's Rebellion of 1685: Sir Will. Booth's List of Prisoners sent to Barbadoes - pp. 334-335 of: Hotten, John Camden (ed.) The Original Lists of Persons of Quality . . . who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600-1700. John Camden Hotten, London 1874) Reprinted Empire State Book C. New York, 581pp.
A listing of further Westcountry Monmouth rebels is contained in the King's Warrant Book XIII, pp. 440-45 (July 17, 1688), which is given in the Calendar of Treasury Books made available at British History Online. [Index to this listing]
Devon names from The History and Register of Aldenham School, Hertford, extracted by Bev Edmonds.
Boase, George C. Knights of the Royal Oak. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), p. 89. [Transcript]
Dymond, R. Second Report of the Committee on Works of Art in Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol. 12, (1880), pp. 117-118. [Index]
Dymond, R. Third Report of the Committee on Works of Art in Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol. 14, (1882), pp. 159-180. [Index]
Dymond, R. Fourth Report of the Committee on Works of Art in Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol. 15, (1883), pp. 111-130. [Index]
Dymond, R. Fifth Report of the Committee on Works of Art in Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol. 16, (1884), pp. 127-171. [Index]
Dymond, R. Sixth Report of the Committee on Works of Art in Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol. 17, (1885), pp. 132-186. [Index]
Dymond, R. Seventh Report of the Committee on Works of Art in Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol. 18, (1886), pp. 108-141. [Index]
Gray, Todd. Strumpets and Ninnycocks - Name Calling in Devon, 1540 -1640. Mint Press (19 Sept. 2016) 256pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1903356678]
Howard, A.T., (Ed.). The Devon Protestation Returns, 1641 (Indexed by T.L. Stoate), Privately published, Bristol (1973) 2 vol (v, 555p). [SoG Library, Westcountry Studies Library x929.3/DEV/1641] [A full transcript, organized by hundred and parish, of the names of all adult males. Contains over 63,000 names. Just fifty-eight parishes are missing, and the total population of the county is estimated as being of the order of 288,000.]
Hooper, Maxwell. Devon Family Names. The History Press (210) 160pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0752452968]
Horwill, David. Excise Officers in Devon in 1796, Devon Family Historian, vol. 117, (Feb 2006) pp.18-19. [Lists 46 officers]
Jones, P.E. National Memorial Card Index - Devon Section, Devon Family Historian, vol. 119, (2006) pp.32-36. [Lists about a hundred entries from the card index, each giving the name, age, date of death, and place, and often the name(s) of the next of kin]
King, R.J. First Report of the Committee on Works of Art in Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol. 10, (1878), pp. 134-140. [Index]
Lampert, J.E. An investigation of differentiation between Cornwall and Devon based on history, surnames, and Y-chromosomes. PhD Thesis, Univ. of Leicester. (Feb 2019) 243pp. [Full text]
Moseley, Brian. Ancestors in the News, Devon Family Historian, vol. 168, (2016) pp.24. [Sample personal names found in the Western Morning News]
Polwhele, Richard. Poems, Chiefly by Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall: In Two Volumes. Bath: Printed by R. Cruttwell and sold by D. Cadell, C. Dilly, C.C.J. and J. Robinson, London, Fletcher, Oxford, and Merrill, Cambridge (1792). 240 pp. [Advertisement (with details of the various poets)]
Postles, D.The Surnames of Devon, English Surnames Series: Vol VI. Leopard's Head Press Limited, 1-5 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AW (1996) xx, 332p. [ISBN 0 904920 25 9]. (A series of essays: Methodological Questions; Dialect and Local Usage; The evolution of Hereditary Surnames in Devon; Change during the Later Middle Ages; Change within Communities during the Later Middle Ages; Bynames, Surnames, Social Group and Region; Naming and Urban Hierarchy; Isonymy and Community; Conclusion.)
Roberts, Stephen K. Devon Justices of the Peace, 1643-60. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.157-166.
Spiegelhalter, C. A Dictionary of Devon Surnames, (1958). [Barnstaple Library 929.42/B/SPI] [SoG Library DE/G 77]
Taylor, M. Jane. Locative Surnames in Devon, Devon Family Historian, no. 153, (2015) p.16.
Weymouth, Sarah. Rural poems with other fugitive pieces, London, G.B. Whittacker; Devonport: R Williams (1827). 115 pp. [List of Subscribers]
Rich man, poor man beggar-man, thief (The Small Projects Index). Exeter, Devon Family Gistory Society and Devon Record Office (2008) [A collection of over 63,000 entries from records held at Devon Record Office]
Register of Patients of The West of England Eye Infirmary - 1841, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D006). [Foreword]
Register of Vagrants Committed To Gaol - 1820-1822, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D007). [Foreword]
Devon Constabulary Monthly Return- 30th April 1861, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D091). [Foreword]
Devon Constabulary Monthly Return- 30th April 1865, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D092). [Foreword]
Devon Constabulary Monthly Return - 30th April 1871, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D055). [Foreword]
Devon Constabulary Monthly Return - 30th April 1876, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D056). [Foreword]
Devon Constabulary Monthly Return - 30th April 1881, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D067). [Foreword]
Devon Constabulary Monthly Return - 30th April 1886, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D068). [Foreword]
Register of Licences - Teignbridge - 1872, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D088). [Foreword]
- Surnames from "Of Chirche-Reves, and of Testamentes" by Peter Christie.
- Surnames from "The Huguenots of Devonshire" by Inkerman Rogers.
- Surnames from "The North Devon Hand Book", by G. Tugwell (c 1875).
- Name index to Westcountry Poets, by W. H. Kearley Wright (1896).
- Index to Devon Entries in Phillimore's Hatchments in Britain, Vol 7: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Somerset, eds. Peter Summers and John E Titterton (1988).
- Index to Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual (1925).
- Listing of the High Sheriffs of Devon, 1154 - 1411.