Devin (name)

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Pronunciation /ˈdɛvɪn/
Gender unisex
Word/name Irish, Celtic, Latin
Meaning fawn, poet, divine
Other names
Variant form(s) Devyn, Devynne, Devinne, Devan, Deven
Related names Devon

Devin is an English-language given name, it was originally masculine but has since become unisex. It is of many origins. From the surname Devin, which is an anglicization of the Irish patronymic Ó Damháin. The Irish patronymic is in reference to the given name 'damán allaid' meaning "fawn".[1] It is also of Celtic origin with the meaning of poet. And from a nickname based on Old French devin "divine" ( Latin dīvīnus).

As a masculine given name, Devin became somewhat popular in the United States during the 1980s to 2000s, peaking at rank 59 in 1997. During this time, Devin also began to see some use as a feminine given name. Feminine usage peaked in 1991, at rank 238, or at a ratio of 28% of masculine usage.[2]

People called Devin[edit]




  • Thomas Devin (1822-1878), American brevet major general
  • William A. Devin (1871–1959), American jurist, Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hanks; Hardcastle; Hodges (2006) p. 75.
  2. ^ 1991: masculine rank 83 (0.207%), feminine usage rank 238 (0.057%).