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Where did the Scottish Givan family come from? When did the Givan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Givan family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Given, Givens, MacGiven, MacGivern and others.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Givan research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1214 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Givan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Givan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Given arrived in New York in 1823; George, Henry, James, John, Michael, Robert, Samuel, Thomas and William Given all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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  • Richard M. Givan (1921-2009), American jurist, 96th Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court (1969-1994)
  • Harry L. Givan (1911-1999), American amateur golfer, insurance executive, and co-founder of Seattle's Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
  • Paul Jonathan Givan (b. 1981), Northern Irish unionist politician in Northern Ireland, Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Lagan Valley (2010-)


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  2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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