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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."

Devane Early Origins



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.

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Devane Spelling Variations


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Devane Spelling Variations



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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Devane Early History


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Devane Early History



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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Devane Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Devane Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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Contemporary Notables of the name Devane (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Devane (post 1700)



  • 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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Devane Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    2. 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.
    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Devane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devane Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 16 November 2015 at 11:00.

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