Devlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Devlin family

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.

Early History of the Devlin family

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Devlin Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Devlin family (pre 1700)

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United States Devlin migration to the United States +

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, who settled in New York State in 1811
  • Sally Devlin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Michael Devlin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Mr. Devlin, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]
  • Peter Devlin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Devlin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Devlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Devlin, who landed in Quebec in 1819
  • Margret Devlin, aged 20, who landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Mary Devlin, aged 40, who landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Molly Devlin, aged 64, who landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Peter Devlin, aged 42, who landed in Quebec in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Devlin migration to Australia +

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

Devlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Devlin, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. James Devlin, (b. 1808), aged 33, Irish farm labourer from County Tyrone, Ireland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [3]
  • Mrs. Anne Devlin, (b. 1809), aged 32, Irish servant from County Tyrone, Ireland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [4]
  • Mr. John Devlin, (b. 1831), aged 10, Irish settler from County Tyrone, Ireland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [5]
  • Mr. James Devlin, (b. 1837), aged 4, Irish settler from County Tyrone, Ireland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Devlin 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:

Devlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Devlin, aged 36, a shepherd, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Rose A. Devlin, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Ann Devlin, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Mary Devlin, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Joseph Devlin, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Devlin (post 1700) +

  • Michael Devlin (b. 1942), American bass-baritone opera singer
  • Art Devlin (1879-1948), American Major League Baseball player
  • Dean Devlin (b. 1962), American actor, screenwriter and producer
  • Joe Devlin (1899-1973), American actor
  • Hugh M. Devlin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1936 [7]
  • Frank R. Devlin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1920 [7]
  • Edward Devlin, American politician, Mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland, 1915-16 [7]
  • Charles P. Devlin, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 3rd District, 1889-90 [7]
  • Charles E. Devlin, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Maryland, 1911, 1915; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1914 [7]
  • Bruce Devlin, American politician, Mayor of Bend, Oregon, 1987 [7]
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Matthew Devlin, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [8]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Henry Devlin, English Fireman from Aintree, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [9]


The Devlin Motto +

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


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  3. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=35
  4. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=36
  5. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=37
  6. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=38
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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