Patronymic name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.
Early Origins of the Divett family
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 Divett family
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Divett Spelling Variations
spelling variations of the surname Divett are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Divett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Divett family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Divett family relocated to North American shores quite early: William McDevit, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1771; James Devett, who came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773; Philip McDevit, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1804.
Contemporary Notables of the name Divett (post 1700)
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