|The first identifiable Davenport, Ormus de Dauenport, (de Davenport) (also Orme de Aunceport) thought to be a cousin of William the Conquerer. Some believe that Ormus took his surname, Dauen-port, meaning "Dane Market," from the town on the River Dane where he resided. It is believed that Ormus built his homestead where Davenport Hall stands today. Perched on a promotory, Davenport Hall overlooks the River Dane peacefully wending its way through the once bustling township of Davenport, now but an overlooked hamlet in Chesire County, northwest England.|
Various meanings for Davenport include "market on the Dane," river, port, harbor, haven. Anglo-Saxon "port" = market.
Spellings of Davenport include Dauenport, Dauenporte, de Aunceport, de Davenport, Devonport, Devenport, Deavenport, Debinport, Dabenport, and Dampert.