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Devaney Family History

Devaney Name Meaning

Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duibheannaigh ‘descendant of Duibheannach’, a personal name of uncertain origin; the first element is dubh ‘black’, the second may be eanach ‘marshy place’. The surname has become confused with Devane. Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duibheamhna, from a personal name based on dubh ‘black’ + the genitive of Eamhain, the Gaelic name of Navan fort, County Armagh, the legendary capital of Ulster.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Delaney, Heaney, Deane, Downey, Devane, Devan, Devine, Denny

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Where is the Devaney family from?

You can see how Devaney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Devaney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Devaney families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Devaney families living in Georgia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Devaney's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Devaney families in 1840.
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What did your Devaney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Devaney. 18% of Devaney men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Devaney women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Devaney were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    18%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    14%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Devaney. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Devaney. For the veterans among your Devaney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Devaney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Devaney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Devaney in 1940 was 31, and 80 in 2004.

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