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Devlin Surname Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dobhailéin ‘descendant of Dobhailéan’ a personal name probably from a diminutive of dobhail ‘unlucky unfortunate’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Tevlin, Nevin, Berlin, Kevin, Havlin, Devan, Fellin, Delin, Melin

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Where is the Devlin family from?

You can see how Devlin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Devlin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Devlin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Devlin families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 42% of all the recorded Devlin's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Devlin families in 1840.
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What did your Devlin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Devlin. 14% of Devlin men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Devlin women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Devlin were Farmer and Waitress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farmer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Devlin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Devlin. For the veterans among your Devlin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Devlin lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Devlin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Devlin in 1943 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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