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Where did the Irish Galvan family come from? When did the Galvan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Galvan family history?

Irish surnames have had their original forms altered in many ways. Before being translated into English, Galvan appeared as O Gealbhain, derived from the words "geal," which means "bright," and "ban," which means "white."

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The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempt to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Galvan dating from that time include Galvin, Gallivan, O'Galvin and others.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they are a sept of Thomond. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galvan research. Another 363 words(26 lines of text) covering the year 1317 is included under the topic Early Galvan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galvan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Galvan:

Galvan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Diego Galvan, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Richard Galvan, who landed in New York in 1823
  • Rodrigo Galvan, who arrived in Cartagena in 1835
  • Roque Galvan, who landed in Rio de la Plata in 1835
  • Manuel Galvan, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1865


Galvan Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Daniel Galvan, aged 36, who landed in America from Cork, in 1903
  • Ellie Galvan, aged 20, who landed in America from Kilworth, in 1903
  • Eleanor A. Galvan, aged 0, who emigrated to America, in 1914

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  • Diego Alberto Galván (b. 1982), Argentine footballer
  • José David Galván Martinez (b. 1973), Mexican long-distance runner
  • Matteo Galvan (b. 1988), Italian sprinter
  • Anna Galvan (b. 1978), retired New Zealand netball player
  • Jorge Galván (b. 1966), Mexican writer and engineer


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  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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