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Gavaghan Family History

Gavaghan Name Meaning

Irish (Connacht): probably a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gáibhtheacháin ‘descendant of Gáibhtheachán’, a personal name derived from a derivative of the adjective gáibhtheach ‘fierce’, ‘eager’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Gavigan, Gahan, Gargan, Gaughan, Gaughran, Monahan, Hanahan, Banahan

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Where is the Gavaghan family from?

You can see how Gavaghan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gavaghan family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gavaghan families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 109 Gavaghan families living in Lancashire. This was about 63% of all the recorded Gavaghan's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Gavaghan families in 1891.
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What did your Gavaghan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Gavaghan. 56% of Gavaghan men worked as a General Labourer and 78% of Gavaghan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gavaghan were Builders Labourer and Household Duties (unpaid).

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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
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Shopkeeper General Store
  • Household Duties
  • Household Duties (unpaid)
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 653 military records available for the last name Gavaghan. For the veterans among your Gavaghan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gavaghan lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Gavaghan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Gavaghan in 1958 was 37, and 75 in 2004.

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