Davin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Irish name Davin was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Daimhin, derived from the word "damh," which refers to "an ox" or "a stag."
Early Origins of the Davin family
The surname Davin was 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.
Early History of the Davin family
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Davin Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Davin were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Devine, O'Devine, Davin, Devane, Dwane, Duane, Dwain, Dwayne, Dwayn, Devan, Davine, Devyne and many more.
Early Notables of the Davin family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Davin is the 16,987th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Davin is ranked the 4,108th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. 
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Davin family in North America:
Davin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Davin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Davin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Davin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century