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Irish surnames have had their original forms altered in many ways. Before being translated into English, Gavilan appeared as O Gealbhain, derived from the words "geal," which means "bright," and "ban," which means "white."

Gavilan Early Origins



The surname Gavilan was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they are a sept of Thomond. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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Gavilan Spelling Variations


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Gavilan Spelling Variations



Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Gavilan that are preserved in documents of the family history are Galvin, Gallivan, O'Galvin and others.

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Gavilan Early History


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Gavilan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gavilan research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1317 is included under the topic Early Gavilan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gavilan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gavilan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gavilan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North Ameri ca. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name Gavilan:

Gavilan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pedro Gavilan, who arrived in New Spain in 1835
  • Diego Gavilan, who landed in Peru in 1837

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gavilan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gavilan (post 1700)



  • Enid R. Gavilan, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from California, 2008; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  2. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Gavilan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gavilan 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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