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Recorded in many forms including Calven, Calvin, Galvin, Gulvin and Kalvin, this very interesting surname can be of either Irish, English, or Norman-French origins. Taking the Irish first, the name in the Gaelic is given as O' Gealbhain, composed of the elements 'geal' meaning bright, and (possibly) 'ban' meaning white. However there is a strong possibility that the could have been a Norman introduction at the time of the Invasion of Ireland in 1170, and in later centuries given a Gaelic form. What is certain is that the surname has been recorded in France in the spellings of Galvaing, Galvin, Galvier, and Galvagnon, from the earliest times...

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John or James or both, born circa 1815 possibly in Meath, emigrated to Canada in circa 1840's




Dame Commander of the Serene Order of Leonard (Principality of Hutt River) Julia Galvin, Educator and novelty sports aficinada. Ladies World Champion Mountain Bike Bog Snorkeller 2004. Born in Exeter, Devon , U.K. 1970 Currently residing in Kerry, Ireland

Chris Bradley

Lots of Galvins based in Midlands of lreland with relations in England


Hello ???? I'm looking for my family (my family names is Galvin) my dad is James Galvin his dad is mickael Galvin he's mother is Mary he lost his dad age 11i think his name was James so we don't know much about his dad my dads mother is name is briget Brady Galvin we come from Ireland ik I have family in England I'm looking to see do I have family anywhere else and about my families past Thank you


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