The O'Flahavan surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Ó Flaithimhín" and "Ó Flaitheamháin," meaning "descendant of Flaithimhín," or "descendant of Flaitheamhán." Both personal names come from the word "flaith" meaning "prince," or "ruler."
Early Origins of the O'Flahavan family
The surname O'Flahavan was first found in County Waterford
(Irish: Port Láirge), and the neighboring part of County Cork
, where fourteen families with the name O'Flahavan were listed in the Elizabethan Fiants.
Early History of the O'Flahavan family
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O'Flahavan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Flahavan, Flahavin, Flahaven, Flavahan, Flavin and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Flahavan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Flahavan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Flahaven, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1806; Mary Flahaven, who landed in Boston in 1831; Cornelius Flahaven, who settled in Boston in 1833.
The O'Flahavan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Certavi et vici
Motto Translation: I have fought and conquered