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Where did the Irish Devine family come from? What is the Irish Devine family crest and coat of arms? When did the Devine family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Devine family history?

The Irish name Devine was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Daimhin, derived from the word "damh," which refers to "an ox" or "a stag."

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Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Devine are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Devine, O'Devine, Davin, Devane, Dwane, Duane, Dwain, Dwayne, Dwayn, Devan, Davine, Devyne and many more.

First found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devine research. Another 332 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1427, and 1713 are included under the topic Early Devine History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Devine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Devine or a variant listed above:

Devine Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Mary Devine who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Mary Devine, who landed in Maryland in 1660
  • Daniel Devine, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Dyman Devine, who landed in Maryland in 1671
  • Elizabeth Devine, who landed in Maryland in 1673


Devine Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Magdalen Devine, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1783

Devine Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Bryan Devine, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Bryan Devine settled in New York in 1803
  • Ann Devine, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Felix Devine who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1804
  • Michael Devine, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811


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  • Andrew Vabre "Andy" Devine (1905-1977), American character actor
  • Dan Devine (1924-2002), American college and NFL football coach
  • Aubrey A. Devine (1897-1981), American college football player for the University of Iowa, inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Daniel John Devine (1924-2002), American football player and coach, inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Brigadier-General James Gasper Devine (1895-1972), American Commanding General 4th Anti-Aircraft Command (1945-1946)
  • Major-General John Matthew Devine (1895-1971), American Commanding General 9th Division (1949-1950)
  • Joseph Devine (b. 1937), Roman Catholic Bishop of Motherwell in Scotland
  • Elizabeth Devine (b. 1961), born Elizabeth Kornblum, Emmy Award nominated writer and co-producer of the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Frank Devine (1931-2009), New Zealand-born, Australian newspaper editor and journalist
  • James "Jim" Devine (b. 1953), former British Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party (1994 to 1995)

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  • Our Divine/Wells (Also Devine) Family History: Including Divine Related Lines of Aersen, Bennet, Brooks, Crose, Fanckboner by Carol Divine Briggs.
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The Devine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devine Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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