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Garvin Family History

Garvin Surname Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gairbhín ‘descendant of Gairbhín’ a personal name derived from a diminutive of garbh ‘rough cruel’. English: from the Old English personal name Gārwine from gār ‘spear’ + wine ‘friend’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Galvin, Gavin, Larkin, Gargan, Savin, Hartin, Carlin, Garin, Gervin

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Where is the Garvin family from?

You can see how Garvin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garvin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garvin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 88 Garvin families living in Lancashire. This was about 40% of all the recorded Garvin's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Garvin families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Garvin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Garvin ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Garvin. 39% of Garvin men worked as a General Labourer and 80% of Garvin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garvin were General Labourer H W and Cotton Weaver. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    39%
  • Public Works General Labourer Heavy Worker
    16%
  • Dock Labourer
    16%
  • General Labourer H W
    16%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    80%
  • Domestic Servant
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Cotton Weaver
    3%
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Census Records

There are 65,000 census records available for the last name Garvin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garvin census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Garvin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Garvin. For the veterans among your Garvin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garvin lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Garvin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Garvin in 1949 was 48, and 75 in 2004.

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