Devine By Name, Divine By Nature!

A history of the Devine name and New Zealand Devine families

Devine Genealogy Articles

The four articles below were kindly forwarded by Carolyn Devine of Peterborough, UK

Condensed version of HISTORY OF THE DEVINE FAMILY (no letters):34 Pages

Full version of HISTORY OF THE DEVINE FAMILY: 104 pages

O' Devine: Irish Surname Expert Column: 1 page

Gorry Research Article for Devine 2 Pages

Irish Influence: 2 pages, including extract below

NZ Devines: 2 pages

compiled in 1998 by Thomas Edward Devine

The Devines originally belonged to the county of Fermanagh, and are descended from the Gruoch na Colla or three brothers, who conquered the clan Rorys and destroyed the ancient palace of Emania, which was for centuries the great fort or stronghold of the Red Branch Knights. The names of these brothers were Colla Maen, Colla Da-Crioch and Colla Uais. They took possession of a portion of Counties Down, Armagh, Louth, Monaghan and Fermanagh.

The Devines claim Colla Huiss as their ancestor. The name Devine is derived from King Cairbre, second of one of the Collas, who was the Ard Righ or High King of Ireland, a man distinguished for his generosity and liberality towards his friends. Hence, he was called Cairbre, Arigiod na Daimh, or the Dispenser of the Golden Presents. The word Daimh is pronounced 'duif', hence Divin-Devine-Devane-Davin-Devenny-Diver, etc.

The Annalists tell us of the race of Daimens being settled in Fermanagh along the river Erne. It is related that in the thirteenth century in an election held for the chieftaincy, the Devines were defeated by the McGuires, after which the Devines seem never to have regained their supremacy in Fermanagh.

After their failure to maintain their power in Fermanagh, the clan seems to have scattered out seeking settlements in the neighboring counties, especially Tyrone, where they settled in the district of Donaghady, north of Strabane, becoming active and firm supporters of the O'Neils.

Many of the race of Devine are found in Sligo, Mayo and Donegal. There are also quite a few of the name in County Derry in the districts adjoining Tyrone.

There is a town land along Burndennet in Donaghady, Co Tyrone called Lisdivin , translated as Devine's Castle or Fort. This would confirm the tradition of the Devines owning the district of Donaghady from the Ferry at Donelong on the Foyle to the Butter Lox above Donaghmana.

In the district or country above and around Donananna, the name is still very plentiful. There are also many of the name to be found in the Southern part of County Derry, Altahoney and Fir Glen district.