Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duibhín or Ó Daimhín (see Devine). Indian (Kerala, Tamil Nadu): Hindu name from Sanskrit deva ‘god’ + the Tamil-Malayalam third-person masculine singular suffix -n. This is only a given name in India, but has come to be used as a family name in the U.S.


You can see how Devan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Devan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Devan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Devan families living in Maryland. This was about 16% of all the recorded Devan's in the USA. Maryland and 2 other states had the highest population of Devan families in 1840.

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Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Devan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Devan. 30% of Devan men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Devan women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Devan were Machinist and Stenographer.

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There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Devan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Devan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Devan. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Devan. For the veterans among your Devan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Devan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Devan in 1942 was 78, and 80 in 2004.

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