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

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Garvey originally appeared in Gaelic as O Gairbhin, derived from the word "garbh," which means "rough."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Garvin, Garvey, Garwin, Garvine, Garven, Garvan, Garvy, Garvie, Garwen and many more.

First found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tr Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garvey research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1000 is included under the topic Early Garvey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garvey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James Garvey, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • James Garvey who settled in Virginia in 1680

Garvey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Garvey, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Peter Garvey, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Garvey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829
  • Edward C K Garvey, who landed in New York in 1839
  • Ellen Garvey, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849


  • Dan Edward Garvey (1886-1974), American politician, Governor of Arizona (1948-1951)
  • Steven Patrick Garvey (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball player, nicknamed "Mr. Clean"
  • Jane Garvey (b. 1944), American head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration from 1997 to 2002
  • Cyndy Garvey (b. 1949), ne Truhan, an American television personality and former wife of baseball player Steve Garvey
  • Edward R. "Ed" Garvey, American lawyer, politician and activist
  • Edmund Garvey (1740-1813), Irish painter
  • Sir Terence Garvey, Irish diplomat, who served as British Ambassador to Mongolia, Yugoslavia, and the U.S.S.R (1973-76)
  • Raymond Michael "Rea" Garvey (b. 1973), Irish singer-songwriter
  • Mike Garvey (b. 1962), NASCAR Nextel Cup driver
  • Marcel Garvey (b. 1983), English rugby union player



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  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 28 September 2014 at 15:19.

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