Origins Available: Irish
The Irish Devit surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic Patronymic
name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.
Early Origins of the Devit family
The surname Devit was first found in on the Inishowen
peninsula, in County Donegal
, where a sept of this name claim David O'Doherty (d. 1208,) a chief of Cenel Eoghain, as their ancestor.
Early History of the Devit family
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Devit Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname Devit 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 MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Devit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Devit family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Devit Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Michael Devit, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
Contemporary Notables of the name Devit (post 1700)
- Vincenzo de Vit (1811-1891), Italian scholar