McDevitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Irish McDevitt surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic Patronymic name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.
Early Origins of the McDevitt family
The surname McDevitt 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 McDevitt family
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McDevitt Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McDevitt revealed spelling variations, including MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.
Early Notables of the McDevitt family (pre 1700)
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McDevitt migration to the United States +
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McDevitt family came to North America quite early:
McDevitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles McDevitt, who settled in New York in 1839
- Bernard McDevitt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852
- Anne McDevitt, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 
- George McDevitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 
McDevitt migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McDevitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Ann McDevitt, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "William" in 1834
- John McDevitt, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "William" in 1834
- Mary McDevitt, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "William" in 1834
- Sally McDevitt, aged 16, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "William" in 1834
- Charles McDevitt, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "William" in 1834
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Contemporary Notables of the name McDevitt (post 1700) +
- Philip Richard McDevitt (1858-1935), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Harrisburg (1916 to 1935)
- Elmer William McDevitt (1887-1940), American college football player and coach
- Tom McDevitt, American president of the Washington Times
- Harold Sullivan "Harry" McDevitt (b. 1885), American college football and baseball coach
- Hugh O'Neill McDevitt (b. 1930), American Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine
- Daniel Eugene "Danny" McDevitt (1932-2010), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1957 through 1962
- Ruth McDevitt (1895-1976), American film actress who appeared in over 88 films including The Birds (1963), The Parent Trap (1961) and Pistols 'n' Petticoats (1966)
- Jack McDevitt (b. 1935), American award-winning, science fiction author
- Dr. John McDevitt (1906-1994), American Catholic layman made the eleventh Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (1964-1977)
- Henry Aloysius McDevitt (1904-1966), Irish Fianna Fáil politician and barrister
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Related Stories +
- ^ 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)