Irish surnames have had their original forms altered in many ways. Before being translated into English, Gilvin appeared as O Gealbhain, derived from the words "geal," which means "bright," and "ban," which means "white."
Early Origins of the Gilvin family
The surname Gilvin was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they are a sept of Thomond
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the Gilvin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilvin research.Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1317 is included under the topic Early Gilvin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gilvin Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations
during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Gilvin include Galvin, Gallivan, O'Galvin and others.
Early Notables of the Gilvin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilvin family to the New World and Oceana
Many destitute Irish families
in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Gilvin were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists: James, Joseph, Patrick, Simon, Thomas Galvin who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; David Galvin settled in Maryland in 1776; J. Galvin settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1822.