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Ethnicity Norman French
Current region Normandy
Etymology d'Évreux (French for 'of Évreux', France)
Connected families Devereaux

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 a variant of Devreux (which unlike Devereux[1] is still encountered in Normandy) meaning "d'Évreux" or "from Évreux", a town in Normandy, France.

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-rer" (without pronouncing the final "r") and the surname may be pronounced Dever-o, Dever-oo, Dever-ooks, Dev-erah, Dev-rah, Dev-ruh, Dev-rix (Wexford), or Devereux. It may refer to:

  • George Devereux (1908-1985), Austro-Hungarian ethnologist and psychoanalyst (born in Lugoj, nowadays part of Romania)
  • Helena Devereux (1885-1975), American educator and founder of the Devereux Foundation
  • Nicholas Devereux (1791-1855), Irish-American banker, trustee, and western New York landowner
  • Sean Devereux (1964-1993), English-born educator known for his support of food aid in Liberia and opposition to child soldier conscription, and activist in Somalia. Murdered by Somali warlords in 1993.



See also[edit]

  • 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.