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

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Garnham family in Ireland was Mag Fhionnain, derived from the word "fionn," which means "fair."

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Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Garnham were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Gannon, Ganon and others.

First found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garnham research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1798 is included under the topic Early Garnham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Garnham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Garnham or a variant listed above: Edward, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Gannon who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Conner Gannon and Mary Gannon arrived in Canada in 1839..

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The Garnham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garnham 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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