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The surname is pronounced “de vinney.” My authority on this is second-hand, but closely so. The American printer T.J. Lyons (1892–1986), who was a friend and mentor of mine, was a friend of the person who had installed the first Linotype machines at De Vinne’s plant on Lafayette Street, in New York City. The building still stands today.
The punctuation space can be traced to:
XCCS 0xEE 0x24 "Punctuation space (fixed, device dependent, and normally nonprinting)"
The "normally nonprinting" note that is associated with this character (and several others of these fixed-width spaces) may have something to do with the Xerox Star implementation -- not sure. You'd have to check with Joe Becker to see if he recalls how the Xerox systems implemented these spaces.