Gavin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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."

Early Origins of the Gavin family

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.

Important Dates for the Gavin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gavin research. Another 76 words (5 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Gavin family (pre 1700)

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Gavin migration to the United States

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 America. 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 [1]
Gavin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Gavin, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • Anthony Gavin, who landed in Virginia in 1735 [1]
  • John Gavin, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Thomas Gavin, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Gavin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James, John, Michael, Thomas Gavin, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1775 and 1850
  • Michael Gavin, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1851 [1]
  • William Gavin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Joaquina Gavin, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1876 [1]
  • Patrick Gavin, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1880 [1]

Gavin migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gavin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ann Gavin, aged 37 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sisters" departing 22nd April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Miss. Ann Gavin, aged 8 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sisters" departing 22nd April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Mr. Peter Gavin, aged 35 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sisters" departing 22nd April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but he died on board [2]

Gavin migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [3]
  • John Gavin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [4]
  • Mary Gavin, aged 27, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

Gavin migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gavin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Gavin, (b. 1807), aged 40, Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [5]
  • Mrs. Eliza Gavin Née Robinette, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [5]
  • Miss Mary Gavin, (b. 1838), aged 9, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [5]
  • Miss Elizabeth Gavin, (b. 1844), aged 3, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [5]
  • Miss Jane Gavin, (b. 1846), aged 1, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gavin (post 1700)

  • John Gavin (1931-2018), born Juan Vincent Apablasa Jr., an American actor and diplomat, known for his roles in Imitation of Life (1959), Spartacus (1960), Psycho (1960), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), United States Ambassador to Mexico (1981–1986)
  • 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
  • John Gavin (b. 1931), American actor, former United States Ambassador to Mexico
  • James Maurice Gavin (1907-1991), American general, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and the British Distinguished Service Order
  • James W. Gavin Jr., American politician, U.S. Attorney for Delaware, 1977-81 [6]
  • James Maurice Gavin (1907-1990), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to France, 1961-62 [6]
  • James M. Gavin, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Buffalo, New York, 1952-53 [6]
  • Harold Gavin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1956 [6]
  • Frank E. Gavin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 7th District, 1906 [6]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Gavin family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Bryan Buchanan Gavin, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [7]

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Citations

  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 77)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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