Devereux

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Devereux
Current regionNormandy
Etymologyd'Évreux (French for 'of Évreux', France)
Connected familiesDevereaux

Devereux is a surname of Norman origin frequent in England and the English-speaking world. The name is notably found in Wexford, where the Normans first landed in Ireland from Pembrokeshire in Wales. It is claimed as a variant of Devreux (which unlike Devereux[1] is still encountered in Normandy) meaning "d'Évreux" or "from Évreux", a town in Normandy, France. It is more likely however that it is equivalent to the name Dyfrig (or Dubricius) a saint originating from south Herefordshire (Archenfield) where the parish of St. Devereux is also found.

The similar names Devereaux and Deveraux are alternate spellings of the surname resulting from the various ways of pronouncing it - the placename is pronounced "Ev-ruh" (French pronunciation: ​[evʁø]) and the surname may be pronounced Dever-o, Dever-oo, Dever-ooks, Dev-erah, Dev-rah, Dev-ruh, Dev-rix (Wexford), or Devereux.

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  • Roberto Devereux, tragic opera by Gaetano Donizetti, loosely based on Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
  • Michael Victor Evreux, Entrepreneur, and US businessman with ties to construction and precious metal markets. Born June 1961 in the United States.

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