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The surname Devaney was first found in Ulster and Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn). From each of these regions comes a distinct Irish sept, although they have come to share the Anglicized name Devaney. The name is rather rare compared to many of the Irish surnames, but of interest today is the Devanney Site, an archaeological site in the southwestern part of the state of Ohio, which appears to have been occupied periodically for thousands of years. How the place was so named is unknown. However, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Spelling variations of this family name include: O'Devany, Devany, Devanney, Devanny, O'Duvany, O'Dovany, O'Deveney, O'Devenny and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devaney research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1665, 1659, 1582 and 1612 are included under the topic Early Devaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent amongst the family at this time was Cornelius O'Devany, Bishop of Down and Connor from 1582-1612. He was a Catholic martyr, twice arrested and held in Dublin Castle, whose capture, torture, and execution are described in the "Four...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Owin Devaney, who was naturalized in Ogle county, Illinois in 1852
  • John Devaney, who arrived at the port of New York in 1854
  • John Devaney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Thomas Devaney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

  • Tom Devaney (1976-1960), infamous New York mobster and an enforcer for Mickey Spillane during the 1960s and 1970s
  • Earl E. Devaney, Inspector General for the United States Department of the Interior
  • Michael "Mike" Aloysius Devaney (1891-1967), American track and field athlete who competed at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics
  • John P. Devaney (1883-1941), American Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court (1933-1937)
  • Robert S. "Bob" Devaney (1915-1997), American college football coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1981)
  • Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney, American Democrat politician, Elected Massachusetts Governor's Council 3rd District 2002
  • Joe Devaney, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 1982
  • Dennis M. Devaney, American Democrat politician, Member, National Labor Relations Board, 1988-94
  • Liam Devaney (b. 1935), Irish hurling champion from Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary
  • Francis Devaney (b. 1984), Irish hurler
  • ...

Devaney Historic Events

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Margaret Delia Devaney, aged 19, Irish Third Class passenger from Kilmacowen, Sligo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible C

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    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Devaney Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Devaney 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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