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Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Devlin is O Doibhilin.

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The surname Devlin was first found in the barony of Corran, County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Devlin revealed many variations, including Devlin, O'Devlin, Develin, Devolin, Devoline, Defflin, Devline, Davlin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Devlin research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1211, 1316, 1641, 1735, 1778, 1825, and 1851 are included under the topic Early Devlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name Devlin or one of its variants:

Devlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Sally Devlin settled in New York State in 1811
  • Sally Devlin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Michl Devlin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Mr. Devlin, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Peter Devlin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823


Devlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Margret Devlin, aged 20, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Mary Devlin, aged 40, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Molly Devlin, aged 64, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • John Devlin, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Andrew Devlin arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834


Devlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Owen Devlin, aged 39, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Rose Devlin, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Hugh Devlin, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
  • James Devlin, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"
  • Patrick Devlin, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"


Devlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Devlin, aged 36, a shepherd, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Rose A. Devlin, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Ann Devlin, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Mary Devlin, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Joseph Devlin, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874


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  • Hugh M. Devlin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1936
  • Frank R. Devlin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1920
  • Edward Devlin, American politician, Mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland, 1915-16
  • Charles P. Devlin, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 3rd District, 1889-90
  • Charles E. Devlin, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Maryland, 1911, 1915; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1914
  • Bruce Devlin, American politician, Mayor of Bend, Oregon, 1987
  • Alice Devlin, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1942
  • John Devlin, American politician, U.S. Consul in Windsor, 1889
  • John H. Devlin, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 43rd District, 1961-68
  • John M. Devlin, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Vernon, 1918

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Crux mea stella
Motto Translation: The cross, my star

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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Devlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Devlin 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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