The Irish name Devins 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 Devins family
The surname Devins 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 Devins family
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Devins Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname Devins 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 Devins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Devins family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Devins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Owen Devins, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
- Mark Devins, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
Contemporary Notables of the name Devins (post 1700)
- James Séamus Devins (1873-1922), Irish Sinn Féin politician, a casualty of the Irish Civil War, grandfather to Jimmy Devins
- James "Jimmy" Devins (b. 1948), former Irish Fianna Fáil politician and physician, Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation (2008-2009)