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Where did the Irish Devane family come from? What is the Irish Devane family crest and coat of arms? When did the Devane family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Devane family history?

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."


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.

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.


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.


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


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
  • Jas 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

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


  • 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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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.

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