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The Irish Devitt surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic Patronymic name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.

Devitt Early Origins



The surname Devitt 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.

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Devitt Spelling Variations


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Devitt Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Devitt dating from that time include MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.

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Devitt Early History


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Devitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devitt research. Another 445 words (32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Devitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Devitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Devitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Devitt or a variant listed above, including:

Devitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Devitt, who landed in America in 1811
  • John Devitt, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Mary Devitt, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Francis Devitt, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1817
  • Elizabeth Devitt, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Devitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Barnabas Devitt, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Catherine Devitt, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1832
  • Nancy Devitt, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1832
  • Barney Devitt, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Mrs. Martha Devitt, aged 30 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 23)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Devitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Devitt, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"
  • John Devitt, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • Anne Devitt (aged 20), a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly"

Devitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Devitt arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Devitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Devitt (post 1700)



  • Mary Devitt, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1956
  • Joseph Devitt, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 1st District, 1936
  • James R. Devitt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1948
  • James E. Devitt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1952
  • James C. Devitt, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 28th District; Elected 1972
  • James A. Devitt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1912, 1916 (alternate)
  • J. Jay Devitt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Yonkers, New York, 1951
  • J. F. Devitt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1928
  • F. Edward Devitt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008
  • Edward James Devitt (1911-1992), American Republican politician, Municipal judge in Minnesota, 1935-39
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 23)

Other References

  1. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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The Devitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devitt 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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