Getman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Getman has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Getman is Mag Eachain.

Early Origins of the Getman family

The surname Getman was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Getman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Getman research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 164 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Getman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Getman Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Getman 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 Gahan, Gaghan, Gagham, Getham, Gaham, Gahame and others.

Early Notables of the Getman family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Getman family

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 Getman name: John Gahan who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773; followed by James in 1842; another John in 1856; and Patrick in 1867; William Gahan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1818..

Contemporary Notables of the name Getman (post 1700)

  • Julius Gerson Getman (b. 1931), American professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law
  • Gerald M. Getman, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Van Buren County, 1948 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from
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