Its name goes back to a priest named “Devan” who lived there, and his name was Arabized to 'Dibwan”. The village was built 400 years ago and its residents originate from East Jordan, Al Balqa’ and Yemen. Several antiquities dating back to the middle of the Bronze Age up until the Mamluk period were found there, and its archaeological sites include Khirbet Hayan, Khirbet Al-Khadriyye, Deir Al-Sabaq, Bi’r Al-Darb and EinJibayeh.
The Palestinian Diaspora from this town (most of whom are currently in the United States) contributed in developing it and enhancing its urban projects. Also, this village has many farmers and is known for its good-quality olive oil and dairy products.