Devaney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Devaney family

The surname Devaney was first found in Ulster and Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn). From each of these regions comes a distinct Irish sept, although they have come to share the Anglicized name Devaney. The name is rather rare compared to many of the Irish surnames, but of interest today is the Devanney Site, an archaeological site in the southwestern part of the state of Ohio, which appears to have been occupied periodically for thousands of years. How the place was so named is unknown. However, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Early History of the Devaney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devaney research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1665, 1659, 1582 and 1612 are included under the topic Early Devaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Devaney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: O'Devany, Devany, Devanney, Devanny, O'Duvany, O'Dovany, O'Deveney, O'Devenny and many more.

Early Notables of the Devaney family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Cornelius O'Devany, Bishop of Down and Connor from 1582-1612. He was a Catholic martyr, twice arrested and held in Dublin Castle, whose capture, torture, and execution are described in the "Four...
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Devaney Ranking

In the United States, the name Devaney is the 8,580th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Devaney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Owin Devaney, who was naturalized in Ogle county, Illinois in 1852
  • John Devaney, who arrived at the port of New York in 1854
  • John Devaney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]
  • Thomas Devaney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [2]

Canada Devaney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devaney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ann Devaney, aged 33 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Columbia" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [3]
  • Miss. Bridget Devaney, aged 8 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. John Devaney, aged 12 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • Miss. Mary Devaney, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. Michael Devaney, aged 35 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Devaney migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Devaney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Anne Devaney, (Devany), (b. 1779), aged 47, Irish house servant who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 3rd October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 3 children [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Devaney (post 1700) +

  • Tom Devaney (b. 1976), infamous New York mobster and an enforcer for Mickey Spillane during the 1960s and 1970s
  • Earl E. Devaney, Inspector General for the United States Department of the Interior
  • Michael "Mike" Aloysius Devaney (1891-1967), American track and field athlete who competed at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics
  • John P. Devaney (1883-1941), American Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court (1933-1937)
  • Robert S. "Bob" Devaney (1915-1997), American college football coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1981)
  • Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney, American Democratic Party politician, Elected Massachusetts Governor's Council 3rd District 2002 [6]
  • Joe Devaney, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 1982 [6]
  • Dennis M. Devaney, American Democratic Party politician, Member, National Labor Relations Board, 1988-94 [6]
  • Liam Devaney (1935-2017), Irish hurler for Borrisoleigh (1952-1974)
  • Francis Devaney (b. 1984), Irish hurler
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Margaret Delia Devaney, aged 19, Irish Third Class passenger from Kilmacowen, Sligo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible C [7]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 72)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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