Show ContentsDevan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Devan 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 Devan family

The surname Devan 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 Devan family

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Devan Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Devan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Devine, O'Devine, Davin, Devane, Dwane, Duane, Dwain, Dwayne, Dwayn, Devan, Davine, Devyne and many more.

Early Notables of the Devan family (pre 1700)

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United States Devan migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Devan name:

Devan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Devan, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Patrick Devan, who arrived in New York in 1833 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Devan (post 1700) +

  • R. P. DeVan, American Republican politician, Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, 1934. Interment somewhere in Charleston, West Virginia [2]
  • DeVan "Van" Dallas (1926-2016), American politician, Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives (1964-1976)

  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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook