Garvin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Garvin family

The surname Garvin 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 Garvin family

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

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


United States Garvin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garvin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Garvin, an 'enforced' Irish emigrant, sent to America in 1742
  • Hugh Garvin, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1796 [1]
Garvin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Garvin, who settled in New York in 1811
  • Patrick Garvin, who landed in New Jersey in 1811 [1]
  • John Garvin, who was on record in Tennessee in 1812
  • James Garvin who landed in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Samuel Garvin, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Garvin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garvin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Betsey Garvin, who arrived in Montreal in 1845

Contemporary Notables of the name Garvin (post 1700) +

  • Clifton C. Garvin Jr. (1921-2016), American businessman, CEO of Exxon from 1975 to 1986
  • Major-General Crump Garvin (1898-1980), American Deputy Commandant of Armed Forces Staff College (1955-1956) [2]
  • Anita Garvin (1906-1994), American actress
  • Jimmy Garvin (b. 1952), retired American professional wrestler
  • James Garvin (b. 1950), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Ignatius P. Garvin, American politician, Mayor of Augusta, Georgia, 1848-49 [3]
  • Florence Garvin, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1924; National Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1932 [3]
  • Edwin Louis Garvin (1877-1960), American Democrat politician, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, 1918-25; Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1941-47 [3]
  • Don A. Garvin, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 14th District, 1968 [3]
  • Charles L. Garvin Jr., American Democrat politician, Circuit Judge in West Virginia for the 12th Judicial Circuit, 1960-69 [3]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Garvin +

  • 2365 The Garvin Genealogy: Descendants of Henry and Sarah McKee Garvin of Ireland and Pennsylvania by Richard M. Cochran Sr., Family Stories: The Garvins by Robert Garvin.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Crump Garvin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Garvin/Crump/USA.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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