Quick Facts on Devan
- American, English, Irish
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Fawn; or Godlike, heavenly, divine (perfect)
Etymology & Historical Origin - Devan
Devan is generally considered an alternate spelling of Devin which finds its roots as a surname in both Ireland and England. In Irish-Gaelic the clan name Ó Damháin (descendent of Damhán) comes from a personal nickname meaning “fawn” (probably used to identify a temperate, gentle personality). In England, the surname Devin developed from a nickname brought by the French Normans after the Conquest of 1066. In this case, the Old French “devin” was borrowed from the Latin “divinus” which means “godlike, divine, heavenly”. The nickname was likely used on folks who exhibited qualities of distinction, perfection and excellence. In some cases it was a comical or ironic nickname used on people far from perfect. The first recorded spelling of the surname appeared in the late 12th century, rendered as “Deuin” reflecting the common medieval usage of “u” for “v”. During the Middle Ages in France, Devin was given as a byname to the highest of kings, as a title conveying a sense of perfection and excellence. We should also mention that Devan in Hindi (देवन) also means “like a god”. Today the names Devin and Devan are used gender-neutrally but they are far more popular for baby boys (in fact, they aren’t used on females with enough frequency to even make the Top 1000 list). Devyn is more or less the preferred spelling for baby girls.
Popularity of the Name Devan
Devan first appeared on the American masculine naming charts in 1983 which was right around the time that Devin was headed directly for the Top 100 list of favorite baby boy names. Devan basically just grabbed onto Devin’s coattails and mimicked his popularity up the charts (just to a lesser extent). Devan, Deven, Devon and Devyn are all new spelling variations on Devin (which most American parents consider an Irish name). Today the spelling of Devan has gone by the wayside as he barely hangs on to the Top 1000 list. In fact all of these “divine” Devin names are trending backwards. It seems their days in the sun are fading into dusk.
Popularity of the Boy Name Devan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Devan
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Devan
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Popular Songs on Devan
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Devan
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Famous People Named Devan
Famous People Named Devan - Devan Dubnyk (Canadian hockey player); Devan (Indian actor); Devan Nair (former president of Singapore); Devan Ekambaram (Indian-American singer); Devan Mahadevan (Indian writer)
Children of Famous People Named Devan
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Devan - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Devan - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Devan.
Personality of the Boy Name Devan
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Devan