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Multiple Origins for the Surname Kavanagh



Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Kavanagh is Caomhanach, an adjective denoting association with St. Caomhan. The first Kavanagh, Donal, the son of Dermot MacMurrough, was fostered by a successor of this saint.

Kavanagh Early Origins



The surname Kavanagh was first found in County Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Kavanaghs (Cavanaghs) were descended from the MacMorough stem and were Lords of Leinster. Donoch McMorough was the King of Leinster, son of Dermod and it was from Donoch from which the Cavanaghs sprang. They were descended directly from the Heremon Line of Irish Kings. Donell, son of Dermot MacMurrough acquired the name Caomhanach, or Cavanagh. His sister Eva married Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, the leader of the English invasion of Ireland. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Kavanagh Spelling Variations


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Kavanagh Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Kavanagh were encountered in the archives: Cavanagh, Kavanagh, Kavanah, Cavanaugh, Keevan, Cavanaw, Kavanaw, Cavenaugh, Cavanough, Cavaneagh, Cavana, Cavena, Cavinaugh, Kavina, Kavena, Kavanaugh, Cavanach, Kavanach, Cabenagh, O'Cavanagh, O'Kavanagh, Keaveney, Geaveney, M'Cavanna and many more.

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Kavanagh Early History


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Kavanagh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kavanagh research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1889, 1667 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Kavanagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kavanagh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kavanagh Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was Christian Davies (1667-1739), born Christian Cavanagh in Dublin, also known as Kit Cavanagh and Mother Ross was a...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kavanagh 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



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Kavanagh family came to North America quite early:

Kavanagh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. Kavanagh, who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1822
  • James, John, Lawrence, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Thomas Kavanagh, all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1811 and 1843
  • James Kavanagh who arrived in New York State in 1852

Kavanagh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Kavanagh, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1806

Kavanagh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Kavanagh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  • Ellen Kavanagh, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  • Miles Kavanagh, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  • Walter Kavanagh, aged 55, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Lysander.htm
  • James Kavanagh, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 14 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1853.shtml
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kavanagh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Kavanagh, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kavanagh (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kavanagh (post 1700)



  • Edward Kavanagh (1795-1844), American statesman and congressman
  • Thomas M. Kavanagh (1909-1975), American jurist from Michigan; justice of the Michigan Supreme Court 195875
  • Marty Kavanagh (1891-1960), American professional baseball player
  • Leo Kavanagh (1894-1950), American professional baseball player
  • Herminie Templeton Kavanagh (1861-1933), Irish-American short-story writer
  • Giles Kavanagh, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Michigan, 1941-51 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Francis B. Kavanagh, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, 1941-42 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edward A. Kavanagh, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 16th District, 1966 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edward Kavanagh (1795-1844), American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives, 1826-28; Member of Maine State Senate, 1842; Governor of Maine, 1843-44 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Dudley J. Kavanagh (b. 1879), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1932; probate judge in Michigan, 1933-36 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Lysander.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Friday 14 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1853.shtml
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
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The Kavanagh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kavanagh 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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