Cavanough 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 Cavanough 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 Cavanough family

The surname Cavanough 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 Cavanough family

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

Cavanough 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 Cavanough family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Cavanough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cavanough migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cavanough Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Cavanough, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • James A. Cavanough, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Righard J. Cavanough, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1921
  • William Cavanough, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923
  • Patrick Cavanough, aged 33, who immigrated to America, in 1924


The Cavanough 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.


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