O'Devorant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Devorant 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'Devorant family
The surname O'Devorant 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.
Important Dates for the O'Devorant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Devorant research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1364, 1634, 1634, 1741 and 1746 are included under the topic Early O'Devorant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Devorant Spelling Variations
The search for the origins of the name O'Devorant family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Davoren, O'Davoran, O'Davoren, Davoran, Devoren and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Devorant 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...
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Migration of the O'Devorant family
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name O'Devorant or a variant listed above: Michael O'Deveren arrived in Pennsylvania in 1854.
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