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Where did the Irish Cavin family come from? What is the Irish Cavin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cavin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cavin family history?

Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Cavin is Caomhanach, an adjective denoting association with St. Caomhan. The first Kavanagh, Donal, the son of Dermot MacMurrough, was fostered by a successor of this saint.

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A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Cavin include Cavanagh, Kavanagh, Kavanah, Cavanaugh, Keevan, Cavanaw, Kavanaw, Cavenaugh, Cavanough, Cavaneagh, Cavana, Cavena, Cavinaugh, Kavina, Kavena, Kavanaugh, Cavanach, Kavanach, Cabenagh, O'Cavanagh, O'Kavanagh, Keaveney, Geaveney, M'Cavanna and many more.

First found in County Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cavin research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1889, 1667 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Cavin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cavin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Cavin to North America:

Cavin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Cavin, who landed in New York, NY in 1862

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  • Ruth Cavin (1918-2011), American book editor


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The Cavin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cavin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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