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The MacGovern surname was originally the Irish Gaelic Mag Shamhrain, which is derived from the word "samhra," meaning "summer."

MacGovern Early Origins



The surname MacGovern was first found in County Cavan .

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MacGovern Spelling Variations


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MacGovern Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the MacGovern family name include MacGovern, Magauran, MacGoveran, MacGoverin and others.

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MacGovern Early History


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MacGovern Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGovern research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1410, 1476, 1444, 1476, 1547, 1593, 1587, 1593, 1581 and 1587 are included under the topic Early MacGovern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacGovern Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacGovern Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacGovern Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name MacGovern:

MacGovern Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles MacGovern, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Andrew, Bernard, Edward, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Terry, and Thomas MacGovern all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGovern (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGovern (post 1700)



  • John F. MacGovern, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 5th District, 1990
  • George MacGovern, Senator for South Dakota
  • Sir Patrick MacGovern, Company director

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The MacGovern Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacGovern 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 12:26.

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