Show ContentsMcDivitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish McDivitt surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic Patronymic name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.

Early Origins of the McDivitt family

The surname McDivitt 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 McDivitt family

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McDivitt Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McDivitt family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.

Early Notables of the McDivitt family (pre 1700)

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United States McDivitt migration to the United States +

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name McDivitt or a variant listed above:

McDivitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McDivitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807 [1]
  • Patrick McDivitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Francis McDivitt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McDivitt (post 1700) +

  • James Alton McDivitt (1929-2022), American former NASA astronaut with over 14 days in space [2]

  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. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) James McDivitt. Retrieved from on Facebook