Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name McGarvy originally appeared in Gaelic as O Gairbhin, derived from the word "garbh," which means "rough."
Early Origins of the McGarvy family
The surname McGarvy was first found in County Tyrone
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster
, central Northern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the McGarvy family
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McGarvy Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McGarvy revealed spelling variations
, including Garvin, Garvey, Garwin, Garvine, Garven, Garvan, Garvy, Garvie, Garwen and many more.
Early Notables of the McGarvy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGarvy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McGarvy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Ann McGarvy, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
- Catherine McGarvy, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland