Garavan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Garavan family

The surname Garavan 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 Garavan family

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

Garavan 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 Garavan 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 Garavan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Garavan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garavan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Garavan, aged 25, originally from Westport, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1902 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Queenstown, Ireland [1]
  • John Garavan, aged 20, originally from Westport, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Megantic" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Mary Garavan, aged 22, originally from Westport, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1915 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Mary Garavan, aged 23, originally from Westport, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [4]




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