All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Devoran is O Dabhoireann, or also Dubhdabhoireann, derived from the words dubh, which means black, and an da Bhoireann, which means of the two Burrens.
Early Origins of the O'Devoran family
The surname O'Devoran was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they have been anciently seated as Chiefs of their territory at Cahirmacneaghty. They were anciently a Dalcassian sept of Brehons (Judges or Lawyers) and came down to Clare from the north probably sometime before the 10th century to settle in their north Clare barony at Noughaval, wherein this distinguished sept had their own mortuary chapel within the Church of Noughaval.
Early History of the O'Devoran family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Devoran research.Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1364, 1634, 1634, 1741 and 1746 are included under the topic Early O'Devoran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Devoran Spelling Variations
The spelling of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations
such as Davoren, O'Davoran, O'Davoren, Davoran, Devoren and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Devoran family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Gillananaev O'Davoren, the Chief Judge; and Domnal O'Davoren, who collected materials about early Irish law in the 16th century. In fact, the O'Davorens were well known as the scholarly... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Devoran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Devoran family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families
sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name O'Devoran: Michael O'Deveren arrived in Pennsylvania in 1854.