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Many variations of the name Gavan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Gaibhtheachain, which is derived from the word "gaibhtheach," which means "anxious."

Gavan Early Origins



The surname Gavan was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Gavigan, Gavin, or Gavahan surname is derived from the Irish Chieftain Gabhadhan who was descended from King Colla da Crioch, one of the three Colla Kings who ruled Ireland and died about 360 A.D.

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Gavan Spelling Variations


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Gavan Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Gavan family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Gavigan, Gavin, Gavihan, Gavahan, Gavan, Gavagain, Gavagan, Gaven, Gavin, Gavighan and many more.

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Gavan Early History


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Gavan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gavan research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1640, 1679 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Gavan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gavan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gavan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gavan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Gavan:

Gavan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Gavan, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Mary Gavan, aged 14, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Bridget Gavan, aged 26, landed in New York in 1864

Gavan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Gavan, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
  • Bridget Gavan, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

Gavan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Gavan, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gavan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gavan (post 1700)



  • Paul Gavan, Irish politician who is a Sinn Féin Senator from Limerick (2016-)

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Gavan Historic Events


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Gavan Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Peter Gavan, Irish Trimmer from Mayo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Gavan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    7. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Gavan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gavan 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 15 September 2016 at 07:26.

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