Delvin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Delvin is O Doibhilin.

Early Origins of the Delvin family

The surname Delvin was first found in the barony of Corran, County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Delvin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delvin research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1211, 1316, 1641, 1735, 1778, 1825, and 1851 are included under the topic Early Delvin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Delvin Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached the general citizenry. Research into the name Delvin revealed spelling variations, including Devlin, O'Devlin, Develin, Devolin, Devoline, Defflin, Devline, Davlin and many more.

Early Notables of the Delvin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Delvin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Delvin migration to the United States +

Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Delvin:

Delvin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Delvin, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Thomas Delvin, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Joan Delvin, who arrived in New York in 1826 [1]


The Delvin Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Crux mea stella
Motto Translation: The cross, my star


  1. ^ 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)


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