Carvey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Carvey family

The surname Carvey was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír 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.

Early History of the Carvey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carvey research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1527, 1595, 1558 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Carvey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carvey Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Carvey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was John Garvey (1527-1595), an Irish Protestant bishop of Kilmore and Archbishop of Armagh. He was the eldest son of John O'Garvey of Morisk, co. Mayo and was born in the county of Kilkenny. "He was educated at Oxford, where he graduated in the reign of Edward VI; but through some negligence his name does not appear in the public...
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carvey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Carvey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carvey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • I Carvey, aged 36, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1859 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Carvey (post 1700) +

  • Victoria B. Carvey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1972
  • Tom B. Carvey Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1960, 1964
  • John C. Carvey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 11th District, 1952, 1956
  • Harold K. Carvey, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 16th District, 1960


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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