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Irish surnames have had their original forms altered in many ways. Before being translated into English, Galvan appeared as O Gealbhain, derived from the words "geal," which means "bright," and "ban," which means "white."
The surname Galvan was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they are a sept of Thomond
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempt to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Galvan dating from that time include Galvin, Gallivan, O'Galvin and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galvan research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1317 is included under the topic Early Galvan History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galvan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland
for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland
during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families
that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Galvan:
Galvan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Diego Galvan, who arrived in America in 1812
- Richard Galvan, who landed in New York in 1823
- Rodrigo Galvan, who arrived in Cartagena in 1835
- Roque Galvan, who landed in Rio de la Plata in 1835
- Manuel Galvan, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1865
Galvan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Daniel Galvan, aged 36, who landed in America from Cork, in 1903
- Ellie Galvan, aged 20, who landed in America from Kilworth, in 1903
- Eleanor A. Galvan, aged 0, who emigrated to America, in 1914
- Lorenzo R. Galvan, American politician, Workers World Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1980
- Jorge Galván (b. 1966), Mexican writer and engineer
- Anna Galvan (b. 1978), retired New Zealand netball player
- Matteo Galvan (b. 1988), Italian sprinter
- José David Galván Martinez (b. 1973), Mexican long-distance runner
- Diego Alberto Galván (b. 1982), Argentine footballer
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