Garfinkel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Garfinkel originally appeared in Gaelic as O Gairbhin, derived from the word "garbh," which means "rough."
Early Origins of the Garfinkel family
The surname Garfinkel 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.
Important Dates for the Garfinkel family
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Garfinkel 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 Garfinkel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Garfinkel family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Garvey who settled in Virginia in 1680; Daniel Garvin, an 'enforced' Irish emigrant, sent to America in 1742; Patrick Garve, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.
Contemporary Notables of the name Garfinkel (post 1700)
- Gary Garfinkel (1963-2018), American television executive
- Howard Garfinkel (1930-2016), American basketball scout and promoter
- Charles B. Garfinkel, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Bronx County 5th District, 1918; Defeated, 1918; Candidate for New York State Senate 23rd District, 1936 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html