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Many variations of the name Gavin 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."

Gavin Early Origins



The surname Gavin 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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Gavin Spelling Variations


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Gavin Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Gavin that are preserved in archival documents are Gavigan, Gavin, Gavihan, Gavahan, Gavan, Gavagain, Gavagan, Gaven, Gavin, Gavighan and many more.

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Gavin Early History


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Gavin Early History



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

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Gavin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gavin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gavin 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



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Gavin to North America:

Gavin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Gavin who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • James Gavin, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Gavin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Gavin, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Anthony Gavin, who landed in Virginia in 1735
  • John Gavin settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Thomas Gavin settled in Maryland in 1774

Gavin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James, John, Michael, Thomas Gavin arrived in Philadelphia between 1775 and 1850
  • Michael Gavin, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1851
  • William Gavin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Joaquina Gavin, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1876
  • Patrick Gavin, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1880

Gavin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gavin, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • John Gavin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • Mary Gavin, aged 27, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

Gavin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Gavin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1853
  • Archibald Gavin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • James Gavin, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Julia Gavin, aged 33, a cook, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gavin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gavin (post 1700)



  • Major General Herbert J. Gavin (1921-2009), American Commander of the Sacramento Air Logistics Center (1975), awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
  • Blair Gavin (b. 1989), American soccer player
  • James W. Gavin Jr., American politician, U.S. Attorney for Delaware, 1977-81
  • James Maurice Gavin (1907-1990), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to France, 1961-62
  • James M. Gavin, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Buffalo, New York, 1952-53
  • Harold Gavin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1956
  • Frank E. Gavin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 7th District, 1906
  • Francis J. Gavin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 25th District, 2000, 2002
  • Edwin Lee Gavin (1888-1972), American Republican politician, Mayor of Roseboro, North Carolina, 1912-14; Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1919-20; U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1928-32
  • John Anthony Gavin (b. 1931), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, 1981-86
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Gavin Historic Events


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Gavin Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Bryan Buchanan Gavin, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Gavin Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
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The Gavin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gavin 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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