Show ContentsDavin 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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Davin Ranking

In the United States, the name Davin is the 16,987th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] 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. [2]

United States Davin migration to the United States +

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
  • Andres Davin, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [3]
  • Patrick Davin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 [3]
  • Edward Davin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [3]
  • Camille Davin, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Colin Davin, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Davin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agnes Davin, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Guilain Davin, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Delia Davin, aged 18, who settled in America from BallyhAunis, Ireland, in 1909
  • A.H. Davin, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Bridget Davin, aged 21, who settled in America from Kilmauog, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Davin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Johanna Davin, who settled in Canada in 1846

New Zealand Davin migration to New Zealand +

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
  • Miss Julia Davin, (b. 1860), aged 23, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Forfarshire" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 26th June 1883 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Davin (post 1700) +

  • Tom Davin, American businessman and CEO of Panda Restaurant Group (2004 to 2009)
  • William Davin (d. 1956), Irish station-master and politician
  • Patrick Davin (1962-2020), Belgian orchestra conductor
  • Jean Davin, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Nicholas Flood Davin (1840-1901), Irish-born, Canadian lawyer, politician, and journalist, first MP for Assiniboia West (1887 to 1900)
  • Franco Davin (b. 1970), Argentine tennis player and coach
  • Daniel Marcus "Dan" Davin OBE (1913-1990), New Zealand writer and Rhodes Scholar
  • Davin Meggett (b. 1990), American football running back

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  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  5. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 26) Jean Davin. Retrieved from on Facebook