Origin of the Name Devine
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Devine
include Davin and Devane. The name Devine is chiefly found today in the Counties of Tyrone and Fermanagh. Up to the fifteenth century the Chief of this sept was Lord of Tirkennedy in County Fermanagh. The ancient document 'The Four Masters' mention one O'Devine as coarb of Derry in 1066 as well as several who were Chiefs of Tirkennedy at various dates to 1427. In modern times a well known bearer of the name was Professor Edward Thomas Devine, 1867-1948, of Columbia University, famous as an organizer of American charities. Another Irish surname which is anglicized as Devine in some places is O'Dubhain, normally anglicized Dwane or Devane in Munster and Duane in Connacht.
The Devine coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Devine descendants.