Quick Facts on Devin
- Celtic, French, Gaelic, Irish
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Fawn, gift, fearless, perfect
Etymology & Historical Origin - Devin
Our research has shown several etymological origins for the Irish name Devin. First, the name is derived from the Gaelic surname “Ó Damháin” – a descendent of Damhán, a personal nickname from the word for ‘fawn.’ Secondly, the name could have developed from the Celtic “dán” meaning ‘gift’ or “dána” meaning ‘intrepid, fearless.’ Thirdly, the name came to Ireland via the Normans and carried with it an Old French origin meaning 'divine, perfect, godlike.' In medieval France, Devin was given as a byname to the highest of kings, as a title conveying a sense of perfection and excellence. In any case, Devin is mainly considered an Irish/Gaelic name used for both males and females and mainly in the United States.
Popularity of the Name Devin
While the name is considered unisex in the United States, Devin fell off the female charts in 2005 (after a relatively brief 27 year stint) and appears to be used exclusively for boys now. Devin debuts on the U.S. popularity charts for boys in 1957 and enjoyed a slow and quiet ascent up the charts. It takes the name about 30 years, but it finally achieves a spot on the Top 100 list of most favored boy’s names in 1987 and sees most of its success in the 1990s. Devin never achieves a ranking higher than #58 in America and it would eventually fall off the Top 100 list in 2007. The name has been in decline for 15 years now and showing no signs of reversal. Nonetheless, Devin is a solid choice for parents interested in Irish or Gaelic sounding names. It still sounds very androgynous despite the fact that it’s rarely used for girls. Devin is a confident sounding boys name reserved for parents who don’t need to follow the most up-to-the-minute naming trends. This one stands apart from the crowd.
Popularity of the Boy Name Devin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Devin
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Devin
Devin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Devin.
Popular Songs on Devin
Devin - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Devin.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Devin
Devin and Goliath (Mary Blount Christian) - A little boy catches a big turtle but returns it to the pond when he discovers how unhappy the animal is in captivity. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Devin
Famous People Named Devin - Devin Hester (football player); Devin Neil Oatway (actor/artist); Devin Thomas (football player); Devin Setoguchi (hockey player); Devin Harris (basketball player)
Children of Famous People Named Devin
Famous People who Named their Child Devin - Denis Leary (actor/comic); Vanessa Williams (actress)
Devin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Devin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Devin.
Personality of the Boy Name Devin
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Devin