Devin (name)

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Word/nameIrish, Celtic, Latin
Meaningfawn, poet, divine
Other names
Variant form(s)Devyn, Devynne, Devinne, Devan, Deavan/Deaven, Deven
Related namesDevon

Devin is a unisex English-language given name, of many origins. One origin for Devin is 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] or "poet."

A separate and unrelated root for Devin is 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 28% of masculine usage.[2]

People called Devin[edit]




  • Bill Devin (1915–2000), American businessperson, automotive entrepreneur and racing driver
  • 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
  • William F. Devin (1898–1982), American politician, mayor of Seattle

See also[edit]


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


  • Hanks, P; Hardcastle, K; Hodges, F (2006) [1990]. A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1.