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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 settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1822
  • James, John, Lawrence, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Thomas Kavanagh, all 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 arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1806

Kavanagh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Kavanagh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Ellen Kavanagh, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Miles Kavanagh, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"
  • Walter Kavanagh, aged 55, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • James Kavanagh, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • ... (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, 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)



  • William Kavanagh, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1964
  • W. L. Kavanagh, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1930
  • Thomas Matthew Kavanagh (1909-1975), American Democrat politician, Michigan State Attorney General, 1955-57; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1956
  • Thomas A. Kavanagh, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania at-large, 1920
  • Thomas Kavanagh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952
  • Paul Kavanagh, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1883-84
  • Linda M. Kavanagh, American politician, Mayor of Fountain Hills, Arizona, 2013
  • Joseph Edward Kavanagh, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 6th District, 1938
  • John F. Kavanagh (b. 1890), American Republican politician, Private secretary to Dwight W. Morrow, 1909-25
  • James H. Kavanagh, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 22nd District, 1960
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kavanagh Family Crest Products


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See Also


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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.

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

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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