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DEVANEY Family History

Recorded as Devaney, Devenny, and Devennie, this is an Irish surname. It is particularly associated with the province of Connacht, and East Ulster. It derives from the pre 10th century Old Gaelic name O'Duibheannaigh, meaning the descendant of the black bird. The Irish prefix of either "Mac", meaning son of, or O', male descendant of, gave rise at an early date to a group of fixed hereditary surnames of the patronymic type. These surnames originally signified membership of a clan, but with the passage of time came to identify membership of a "sept", or group of people all living in the same locality, all bearing the same surname, but not necessarily descended from a common ancestor.

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Daniel Devanney

My name is actually spelled Devanney and as far as I've been told my ancestor Frederick Devanney came over from Ireland to the US. I'm interested in learning about where my family came from and hope it answers a few questions about myself.


my mother as far as i know came from Galway , Margaret Devaney , left around 1930 ish for London where she met my father .I think she had a sister Mary who settled in Huddersfield . We all went down there in late sixties . i am from Washington N/E England where mam settled , mam died 1975 would like to know of relatives , thanks Dave .


Devaney actually comes from Brittany. The " De " or " D' " before the name means 'From' or 'Of' and the rest of the name is a reference to a place in Brittany (Aubany).

Stephen Seely

My Great Grandmother was Anna Marie Devaney-Seely. Mother was McCool. Raised by her uncle Jospeh McCool who was sheriff of Pratt County Kansas.


My 3* Great Grand Father was John James Devanny. Born in 1809. His mother was Mary Devaney born 1787 born in County Clare. Ireland. I would appreciate any help in finding any connections


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