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The Irish name Devane was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Daimhin, derived from the word "damh," which refers to "an ox" or "a stag."

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The surname Devane 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.

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Devane 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devane research. Another 332 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1427, and 1713 are included under the topic Early Devane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Devane family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Devane Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Devane, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Cleureen, Co. Mayo, Ireland, in 1906
  • James F. Devane, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Pallasgreen, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget Devane, aged 21, who landed in America from Moylough, Ireland, in 1907
  • Daniel Joseph Devane, aged 49, who settled in America from Taralie, Ireland, in 1907
  • Delea Devane, aged 25, who landed in America from Coolounty, Ireland, in 1911
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Devane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Devane, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Catherine Devane, aged 20, a dairy maid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
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  • Dozier Adolphus DeVane (1883-1963), American lawyer and judge
  • Joshua Devane, American actor and the son of actor William Devane
  • William Joseph Devane (b. 1937), American film, television and theater actor
  • T. J. DeVane, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska Territorial Senate 4th District, 1933-34
  • P. F. DeVane, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1940
  • L. W. Devane, American politician, Mayor of Adel, Georgia, 1949-59
  • Andrew Devane (1917-2000), Irish architect
  • Robert Devane (b. 1977), Irish mixed martial artist
  • John Devane, Irish sportsperson
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    Other References

    1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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