Devaney Family History

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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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Devaney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Devaney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Devaney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Devaney Family Origin

Where is the Devaney family from?

Devaney Family Occupations

What did your Devaney ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Devaney family was Farming. The most common Devaney occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Devaney's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Devaney.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Devaney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Devaney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Devaney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Devaney Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Devaney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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