Diver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Diver family in Ireland was O Duibhir and Mac Duibhir. These are both derived from the words dubh, which means black, and odhar or uidhir, which means uncolored. Another source has a slightly different explanation: "Descendant of the dark, tawny man; grandson of Dubhodhar (black Odhar)." [1] And yet another notes: "Said to be the Gaelic do-ire, a woody uncultivated place." [2]

Early Origins of the Diver family

The surname Diver was first found in County Tipperary where they were the traditional Lords of Kilnamanagh. They claim descent from Cairbre Cluitheachar, the youngest son of Cucorb, King of Leinster through the O'Connors (Faley.) [3] Although the O'Dwyers originally held a family seat in the barony of Kilnamanagh, they later branched to Clonyhorpa and Drumdromy in the same county. The eponymous ancestor of the O'Dwyers was Duibhir (sometimes spelled Duibhidir and Dubhiir), [3] the 11th century chief of the sept.

Early History of the Diver family

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Diver Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Diver include Dwyer, O'Dwyer, Dwire, Dwier, Dyer and others.

Early Notables of the Diver family (pre 1700)

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United States Diver migration to the United States +

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Diver:

Diver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hugh Diver, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [4]
Diver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Diver, aged 25, who arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804 [4]
  • William Diver, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • Patrick Diver, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • Sidney Diver, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • Susan Diver, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Diver migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Diver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Diver, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Edward Diver, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Neill Diver, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Edward Diver, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Mary Diver, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Diver migration to Australia +

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

Diver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Diver, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Diver (post 1700) +

  • William Diver, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1893-94 [6]
  • William Diver (1921-1995), American founder of the Columbia School of Linguistics
  • Joe Diver, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Danny Diver (b. 1966), Scottish former football player and manager
  • Stuart Diver (b. 1970), Australian ski instructor
  • Mike Diver, British music journalist
  • Alfred John Day Diver (1823-1876), English cricketer


The Diver 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: Vertus sola nobilitas
Motto Translation: Virtue alone enobles


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARINER 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Mariner.htm
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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