Divine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Divine was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Daimhin, derived from the word "damh," which refers to "an ox" or "a stag."

Early Origins of the Divine family

The surname Divine was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Divine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Divine research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1427, and 1713 are included under the topic Early Divine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Divine Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Divine were encountered in the archives: Devine, O'Devine, Davin, Devane, Dwane, Duane, Dwain, Dwayne, Dwayn, Devan, Davine, Devyne and many more.

Early Notables of the Divine family (pre 1700)

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United States Divine migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Divine name:

Divine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Divine, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [1]
Divine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Divine, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Stephen Divine, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Luke Divine, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Neil Divine, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Owen Divine, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Divine migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Divine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Divine, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Elizabeth Divine, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Nancy Divine, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "William" in 1834
  • Martin Divine, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1834
  • Bernard Divine, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1844

Australia Divine migration to Australia +

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

Divine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Divine, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [2]
  • Henry Divine, aged 17, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
  • Hugh Divine, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

New Zealand Divine 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:

Divine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Divine, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Divine (post 1700) +

  • W. C. Divine, American politician, Mayor of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 1956 [4]
  • Rosekrans K. Divine, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Montcalm District, 1855-56 [4]
  • Paul E. Divine, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1930 [4]
  • Joseph Divine (b. 1820), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Hillsdale County 2nd District, 1885-86 [4]
  • John Divine, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Salina, Kansas, 1995-96; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas 1st District, 1996 [4]
  • John Divine, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Sanilac District, 1855-56; Member of Michigan State Constitutional Commission 7th District, 1873 [4]
  • Jack Divine, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Kansas State Senate 3rd District, 2000 [4]
  • Hervey O. Divine, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Haven, 1908 [4]
  • George A. Divine, American politician, First Selectman of Seymour, Connecticut, 1904-11, 1921-22 [4]
  • Deborah P. Divine, American politician, Mayor of Salina, Kansas, 2005-06 [4]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  3. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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