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The Irish name Devine 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 Devine 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.

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Devine are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include 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 Devine research. Another 332 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1427, and 1713 are included under the topic Early Devine History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Devine or a variant listed above:

Devine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Mary Devine who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Mary Devine, who landed in Maryland in 1660
  • Daniel Devine, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Dyman Devine, who landed in Maryland in 1671
  • Elizabeth Devine, who landed in Maryland in 1673


Devine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Magdalen Devine, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1783

Devine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Bryan Devine, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Bryan Devine settled in New York in 1803
  • Ann Devine, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Felix Devine who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1804
  • Michael Devine, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811


Devine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Anthony Devine, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Biddy Devine, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Mary Devine, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • James Devine, aged 1, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Hugh Devine, aged 62, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833


Devine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • David Devine arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • Catherine Devine, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • John Devine, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"
  • Peter Devine, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Devine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mary C. Devine, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Mary Devine, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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  • Major-General John Matthew Devine (1895-1971), American Commanding General 9th Division (1949-1950)
  • Brigadier-General James Gasper Devine (1895-1972), American Commanding General 4th Anti-Aircraft Command (1945-1946)
  • Daniel John Devine (1924-2002), American football player and coach, inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Aubrey A. Devine (1897-1981), American college football player for the University of Iowa, inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Dan Devine (1924-2002), American college and NFL football coach
  • Andrew Vabre "Andy" Devine (1905-1977), American character actor
  • Mr. Edward Devine, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Thomas Martin "Tom" Devine OBE FRSE FRHistS FBA (b. 1945), Scottish historian
  • Stephen John Devine (b. 1976), Australian-born, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Leonard Thomas Devine (1923-2008), Australian politician

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  • Our Divine/Wells (Also Devine) Family History: Including Divine Related Lines of Aersen, Bennet, Brooks, Crose, Fanckboner by Carol Divine Briggs.
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  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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The Devine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devine 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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