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Where did the Irish McGarvy family come from? What is the Irish McGarvy family crest and coat of arms? When did the McGarvy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McGarvy family history?Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name McGarvy originally appeared in Gaelic as O Gairbhin, derived from the word "garbh," which means "rough."
The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McGarvy revealed spelling variations, including Garvin, Garvey, Garwin, Garvine, Garven, Garvan, Garvy, Garvie, Garwen and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGarvy research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1000 is included under the topic Early McGarvy History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McGarvy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the McGarvy name: James Garvey who settled in Virginia in 1680; Daniel Garvin, an 'enforced' Irish emigrant, sent to America in 1742; Patrick Garve, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.
The McGarvy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGarvy 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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