They’re aren’t so manly towns in the world with the name Davenport, but it is a common and very popular surname. It is estimated that more than 57,000 people call themselves Davenports.
The largest Davenport in the United States is in its Midwest, but the largest Davenport in the world is a town in England that is part of the city of Manchester. About 15,000 people live there. The largest Davenport in the United States is a city of about 10,000 in southern Iowa. It is one of the Quad Cities. Rock Island, Moline, and Bettendorf are the other 3 communities that form the quad. Rock Island is larger than Davenport. I used to spend a lot of time in both in the spring because they were fairly close to where I lived. I liked to visit Davenport’s Figge Museum in its downtown and eat at Bishop’s Buffet and then go to Chicago to see my brother. The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is also a big Midwestern lure. A very old military facility, it is on an island in the Mississippi River and a very historical place worth a couple of hours of exploring.
About 20,000 people live in towns named Davenport. George Davenport who was born George King named Davenport IA. He was not a mover and shaker. The larger Davenports are in the states of Washington, New York, and Florida. There are smaller towns named Davenport in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and California. There were no famous Davenports for which many Davenport towns were named. The Oklahoma family for which the town in that state was named were major cotton gin owners.
For some unknown reason many hotels have been named Davenport. There are Davenport hotels in Dublin, Ireland, Michigan, and I have written about the fantastic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA, which has a circus room and a fine restaurant. There is a Davenport University, a Davenport rock band, and, of course, some sofas are called Davenports.