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Where did the Irish Galvin family come from? What is the Irish Galvin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Galvin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Galvin family history?Irish surnames have had their original forms altered in many ways. Before being translated into English, Galvin appeared as O Gealbhain, derived from the words "geal," which means "bright," and "ban," which means "white."
The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Galvin, Gallivan, O'Galvin and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galvin research. Another 363 words(26 lines of text) covering the year 1317 is included under the topic Early Galvin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galvin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Galvin were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:
Galvin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Galvin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Galvin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Galvin 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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