Devin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Devin 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 Devin family

The surname Devin 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 Devin family

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Devin Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Devin 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 Devin family (pre 1700)

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United States Devin migration to the United States +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Devin name:

Devin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Symon Devin, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [1]
Devin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Devin, who arrived in New York in 1799 [1]

Canada Devin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Devin, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Susan Devin, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833

Australia Devin migration to Australia +

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

Devin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Devin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Devin (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Casimer Devin (1822-1878), United States Army officer and general
  • William Franklin Devin (1898-1982), American Republican politician, Municipal judge in Washington, 1939-42; Mayor of Seattle, Washington, 1942-52; Defeated, 1941, 1952 [3]
  • William Augustus Devin (b. 1871), American Democrat politician, Superior Court Judge in North Carolina 10th District, 1913-35; Justice of North Carolina State Supreme Court, 1935-40 [3]
  • John D. Devin, American politician, Mayor of Malden, Massachusetts, 1937 [3]
  • Alexander Devin, American politician, Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1816 [3]
  • Zak Devin Boggs (b. 1986), American soccer player
  • M. Devin Galligan (d. 2003), founder of the charitable organization "Strain the Brain"
  • Devin Kerlee, American actor, known for his work on Revelation Road: The Black Rider (2014)
  • Devin George Durrant (b. 1960), retired American professional basketball player who played for the Indiana Pacers and the Phoenix Suns from 1984 to 1985
  • Devin Mullins (b. 1985), Bahamas professional tennis player, bronze medalist at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games


  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. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1851 from London 12 05 1851 and southampton with Captain Roskell, arrived Port Adelaide on 1-09-1851. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Asia.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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