Cavanna History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Cavanna is Caomhanach, an adjective denoting association with St. Caomhan. The first Kavanagh, Donal, the son of Dermot MacMurrough, was fostered by a successor of this saint.

Early Origins of the Cavanna family

The surname Cavanna was first found in County Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Cavanna family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cavanna research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1889 is included under the topic Early Cavanna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cavanna Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cavanagh, Kavanagh, Kavanah, Cavanaugh, Keevan, Cavanaw, Kavanaw, Cavenaugh, Cavanough, Cavaneagh, Cavana, Cavena, Cavinaugh, Kavina, Kavena, Kavanaugh, Cavanach, Kavanach, Cabenagh, O'Cavanagh, O'Kavanagh, Keaveney, Geaveney, M'Cavanna and many more.

Early Notables of the Cavanna family (pre 1700)

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Cavanna Ranking

In France, the name Cavanna is the 4,297th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [1]


United States Cavanna migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cavanna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Cavanna, who settled in New York in 1832
  • Bridget Cavanna, who settled in New York in 1832
  • Augustus Cavanna, who settled in New York, NY in 1833
  • Augustus Cavanna, who arrived in New York, NY in 1833 [2]

West Indies Cavanna migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Cavanna Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Oliver Cavanna, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Cavanna (post 1700) +

  • Carlo Cavanna (1873-1925), director of the construction of the first railway line in Eritrea


The Cavanna Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Siothchain agus fairsinge
Motto Translation: Peace and plenty.


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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