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

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The surname Garvey was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tr 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Garvin, Garvey, Garwin, Garvine, Garven, Garvan, Garvy, Garvie, Garwen and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garvey research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1527 and 1595 are included under the topic Early Garvey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Garvey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garvey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Garvey, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • James Garvey who settled in Virginia in 1680

Garvey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Matthew Garvey, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Peter Garvey, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Garvey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829
  • Edward C K Garvey, who landed in New York in 1839
  • Ellen Garvey, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849


Garvey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Betty Garvey, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
  • Thomas Garvey, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Garvey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Garvey, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Catherine Garvey, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • James Garvey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • Mary Garvey, aged 26, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Agnes Garvey, aged 21, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"


Garvey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Richard Garvey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • Rachel Garvey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • John Garvey, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

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  • Arthur A. "Hec" Garvey (1900-1973), American professional football offensive lineman who played from 1922 to 1931
  • John Hugh Garvey (b. 1948), the 15th President of The Catholic University of America
  • Brian Garvey (b. 1961), American comic book artist who worked on many superhero comics for Marvel Comics from 1982-1988
  • Mike Garvey (b. 1962), American NASCAR Nextel Cup driver
  • Dan Edward Garvey (1886-1974), American politician, 8th Governor of Arizona (1948-1951)
  • Steven Patrick "Steve" Garvey (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball player, nicknamed "Mr. Clean"
  • Edward R. "Ed" Garvey, American lawyer, politician and activist
  • Cyndy Garvey (b. 1949), ne Truhan, an American television personality and former wife of baseball player Steve Garvey
  • Jane Garvey (b. 1944), American head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration from 1997 to 2002
  • Christopher Garvey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996

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The Garvey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garvey 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.

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