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Where did the Irish Flahaven family come from? What is the Irish Flahaven family crest and coat of arms? When did the Flahaven family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Flahaven family history?

The Flahaven surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Ó Flaithimhín" and "Ó Flaitheamháin," meaning "descendant of Flaithimhín," or "descendant of Flaitheamhán." Both personal names come from the word "flaith" meaning "prince," or "ruler."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Flahavan, Flahavin, Flahaven, Flavahan, Flavin and many more.

First found in County Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), and the neighboring part of County Cork, where fourteen families with the name O'Flahavan were listed in the Elizabethan Fiants.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flahaven research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Flahaven History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flahaven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Flahaven was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1806
  • Mary Flahaven landed in Boston in 1831
  • Mary Flahaven, who arrived in America in 1831
  • Cornelius Flahaven settled in Boston in 1833
  • Cornelius Flahaven, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1833


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: Certavi et vici
Motto Translation: I have fought and conquered


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The Flahaven Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flahaven Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 January 2014 at 15:37.

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