Devine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Devine family

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.

Early History of the Devine family

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Devine Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Devine family (pre 1700)

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Devine World Ranking

In the United States, the name Devine is the 1,522nd most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [1] However, in Australia, the name Devine is ranked the 924th most popular surname with an estimated 4,260 people with that name. [2] And in the United Kingdom, the name Devine is the 738th popular surname with an estimated 9,118 people with that name. [3]


United States Devine migration to the United States +

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 [4]
  • Daniel Devine, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [4]
  • Dyman Devine, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [4]
  • Elizabeth Devine, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Devine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Magdalen Devine, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1783 [4]
Devine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bryan Devine, aged 28, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [4]
  • Bryan Devine, who settled in New York in 1803
  • Ann Devine, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [4]
  • Felix Devine who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1804
  • Michael Devine, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Devine migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Anthony Devine, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Biddy Devine, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Mary Devine, aged 2, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • James Devine, aged 1, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Hugh Devine, aged 62, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Devine migration to Australia +

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

Devine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Devine, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Miss Mary Devine who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 20th November 1823, arriving in New South Wales, Australia and Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. Thomas Devine, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the " Dunvegan Castle" on 13th March 1830, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • David Devine, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [8]
  • Mrs. Mary Devine, (b. 1813), aged 24, Irish laundress who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for shop lifting, transported aboard the "Diamond" on 29th November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Devine migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Devine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary C. Devine, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Mary Devine, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Devine (post 1700) +

  • Paul Adrian Devine (1951-2020), American baseball pitcher who played seven seasons in Major League Baseball
  • Major-General John Matthew Devine (1895-1971), American Commanding General 9th Division (1949-1950) [10]
  • Brigadier-General James Gasper Devine (1895-1972), American Commanding General 4th Anti-Aircraft Command (1945-1946) [11]
  • 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
  • Winsford Devine (d. 2021), Trinidadian songwriter who wrote over 500 calypso songs including Philip, My Dear, Baron's Feeling It, and King Austin's Progress
  • Sydney Devine MBE (1940-2021), Scottish singer from Cleland, North Lanarkshire
  • Magenta Devine (1957-2019), born Kim Taylor, a British TV presenter, journalist and music promoter
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Edward Devine, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Devine +

  • Our Divine/Wells (Also Devine) Family History: Including Divine Related Lines of Aersen, Bennet, Brooks, Crose, Fanckboner by Carol Divine Briggs.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  3. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dromedary
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dunvegan-castle
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diamond
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) John Devine. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Devine/John_Matthew/USA.html
  11. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) James Devine. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Devine/James_Gasper/USA.html
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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