• Diver surname history

    Diver surname history

    In form, De Vere is Norman, meaning "of Ver", a parish and chateau in the canton of Guvray in La Manche, Normandy. The most famous individual of the name in Ireland was Sir Aubrey De Vere (1788-1846), a poet and critic whose sonnets William Wordsworth judged to be "the most perfect of our age". Posterity has not agreed. He was a landed aristocrat, from Curragh Chase in Co. Limerick, whose father, originally Sir Vere Hunt, changed his surname to De Vere to emphasise the family connection with the powerful English De Vere's, the Earls of Oxford.

    Like so many other Irish surnames, however, appearances can be deceptive. De Vere may also be a version of Deever/Dever/McDever/Diver/Dyer, all anglicisations of the Irish O Duibhir /Mac Duibhir, meaning respectively "grandson of /son of the dark brown [man]". Although it shares the same root as the better-know "(O')Dwyer", the Irish surname arose separately in the north-west, and its anglicised variants are now found in counties Mayo, Donegal, Sligo and Roscommon, with "De(e)ver" commonest in Mayo, "Diver" almost exculsive to Donegal, and "Dyer" peculiar to Sligo and Roscommon.