The Irish Divitt surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic Patronymic
name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.
Early Origins of the Divitt family
The surname Divitt was first found in on the 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 Divitt family
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Divitt Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname Divitt can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Divitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Divitt family to the New World and Oceana
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 Divitt name: 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.
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