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Devitt Name Meaning

Irish: shortened form of McDevitt ‘son of David’. English: of uncertain origin. The Irish name in 1 above is unlikely to have appeared in 16th-century Warwickshire and the early form Dyvet(t) does not look like a local English (as distinct from an Irish) pronunciation of David . Middle English defet (Old French desfait) ‘disfigured changed in appearance’ is a formal possibility but it is nowhere recorded as a Middle English surname. A habitational name from Defford (Worcestershire) is another possibility with -ford shortened to -fitt and voicing of medial /f/ but no evidence has been found to substantiate it.

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

Similar surnames: Davitt, Cavitt, Mcdevitt, Devine, Savitt, Nevitt, Devino, Devins

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Where is the Devitt family from?

You can see how Devitt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Devitt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Devitt families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Devitt families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 47% of all the recorded Devitt's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Devitt families in 1840.
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What did your Devitt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Devitt. 20% of Devitt men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Devitt women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Devitt were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Stenographer
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What is the average Devitt lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Devitt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Devitt in 1945 was 47, and 84 in 2004.

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