Many variations of the name McGawligand have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Gaibhtheachain, which is derived from the word "gaibhtheach," which means "anxious."
from very ancient times. The Gavigan, Gavin, or Gavahan surname is derived from the Irish
Gabhadhan who was descended from King Colla da Crioch, one of the three Colla Kings who ruled
and died about 360 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGawligand research.Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1640, 1679 and 1929 are included under the topic Early McGawligand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland
, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations
were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McGawligand family name. Variations found include Gavigan, Gavin, Gavihan, Gavahan, Gavan, Gavagain, Gavagan, Gaven, Gavin, Gavighan and many more.
Thousands of Irish families
left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McGawligand: Daniel Gavin who landed in Virginia in 1654; John Gavin settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; Thomas Gavin settled in Maryland in 1774; James Gaven landed in America in 1690.