Deavitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish Deavitt surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic Patronymic name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.

Early Origins of the Deavitt family

The surname Deavitt was first found in on the Inishowen peninsula, in County Donegal, where a sept of this name claim David O'Doherty (d. 1208,) a chief of Cenel Eoghain, as their ancestor.

Early History of the Deavitt family

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Deavitt Spelling Variations

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 Deavitt are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Deavitt family (pre 1700)

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Deavitt migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Deavitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Deavitt (aged 22), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Deavitt (post 1700)

  • Thomas Jefferson Deavitt (b. 1840), American politician, Delegate to Vermont State Constitutional Convention, 1870 [2]


  1. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1856. Retrieved
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
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