Show ContentsGervin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Gervin family

The surname Gervin 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 Gervin family

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Gervin Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Gervin can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Garvin, Garvey, Garwin, Garvine, Garven, Garvan, Garvy, Garvie, Garwen and many more.

Early Notables of the Gervin 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...
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United States Gervin migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Gervin name:

Gervin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anthony Gervin, aged 48, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Mary Gervin, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Thomas Gervin, aged 28, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gervin (post 1700) +

  • George Gervin (b. 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", an American retired ABA and NBA basketball player, regarded to be one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history, inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Derrick Gervin (b. 1963), American former professional basketball player born in Detroit, Michigan, younger brother of Geroge Gervin
  • Willy Gervin (1903-1951), Danish bronze medalist cyclist at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Ernst Ancher Gervin (1908-1978), born Ernst Ancher Hanssen, a Norwegian magazine editor

  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) on Facebook