Quick Facts on Devon
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DEV-ən or də-VAHN
Etymology & Historical Origin - Devon
Most people think of Devon as an altered spelling of the Irish-Gaelic personal name Devin, when in fact, it’s not. Devon has its own separate etymological roots; it’s derived from an English surname originating as a place name so called Devon County in southwest England. The name Devon derives from the name of a Celtic tribe – the Dumnonii –who inhabited this area of Britain at the time of the Roman invasion (circa AD 50). These were the Byrthonic group of Celts (as opposed to the Gaels), and from their language came the word “Devnent” meaning ‘deep valley dwellers’. The Celtic Dumnonii were worshippers of their personal god Dumnōnos. The surname Devon is also linked to the French word “devin” which described a ‘divine person’ – akin to a hermit or someone committed to the good works. The first recorded spelling was Le Devin in the 12th century.
Popularity of the Name Devon
The male name Devon first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1960, so this is a name only 50 years old in America. Devon has also been used as a girl’s name and appeared on the female naming charts between 1977 and 2005, so technically this name is considered unisex (although it’s rarely used for little girls anymore). The popularity of Devon for the male gender has been far more successful, particularly in the 1990s when the name almost made the Top 100 list of most favored boy names. Since the name no longer appears on the female naming charts, we pretty much consider this name distinct for little boys but wholeheartedly agree it’s lovely for girls too. It definitely has an androgynous sound so it works for either gender quite well. We actually think it’s more unique for females for this reason. Devon is a confident name – and a handsome one at that!
Popularity of the Boy Name Devon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Devon
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Devon
Devon We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Devon.
Popular Songs on Devon
Devon - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Devon.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Devon
Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better (Lauren Barnholdt) - Devon Delaney cannot believe she's lying again. But the thing is, she couldn't help it. Her new boyfriend, Luke, is talking to his (gorgeous) ex-girlfriend, Bailey Barelli (!!!), every single day in mock trial. Devon couldn't just stand by and let him find out that she'd never dated anyone else before. Could she? Oopsie. Too late now. To show how totally unaffected she is by Bailey's obvious Luke hang-up, Devon invents a fake ex-boyfriend of her own: Greg. Fab! What could go wrong? But it isn't long before Devon finds herself in the middle of another super-gigantic lie. Can Devon come clean in time to keep the guy? Or will she lose everything due to another lie? Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney (Lauren Barnholdt) - Mom says karma always comes around to get you, and I guess it's true. Because last summer I was a total liar, and now, right in the middle of Mr. Pritchard's third-period math class, my whole world is about to come crashing down. That's because while Devon was living with her grandmother for the summer, she told her "summer friend," Lexi, that she was really popular back home and dating Jared Bentley, only the most popular guy at school. Harmless lies, right? Wrong. Not when Lexi is standing at the front of Devon's class, having just moved to Devon's town. Uh-oh. Devon knows there's only one way to handle this -- she'll just have to become popular! But how is Devon supposed to accomplish that when she's never even talked to Jared, much less dated him?! And it seems the more Devon tries to keep up her "image," the more things go wrong. Her family thinks she's nuts, her best friend won't speak to her, and, as if it's not all complicated enough, Jared starts crushing on Lexi and Devon starts crushing on Jared's best friend, Luke. It all has Devon wondering -- who is the real Devon Delaney? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Devon
Famous People Named Devon - Devon Murray (Irish actor); Devon Aoki (model/actress); Devon Gummersall (actor); Devon Sproule (singer/songwriter); Devon Sawa (actor); Devon Werkheiser (actor); Devon White (baseball player); Devon McTavish (soccer player)
Children of Famous People Named Devon
Famous People Who Named Their Child Devon - Vanessa Williams (actress); Gregg Allman (musician)
Devon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Devon - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Devon.
Personality of the Boy Name Devon
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Devon