Log in  | New? Register

25,246 GARVEY members around the world

Stay informed about GARVEY Family online & offline events!

Keep me informed as to GARVEY Family online & offline events

My GARVEY family came from?

See our recent family gatherings

GARVEY Family History

Recorded in many spellings including O' Garvey, MacGarvey, Garvey, and Garvie, this is an Irish surname. It predates the 1170 a.d. Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland. It was originally a descriptive nickname deriving from the word "gabbh" and literally describes one who was "rough and tough!". The name is also a rarity in that not only was it prefixed by both "Mac" and "O", it is also interchangeable with both Garvin and Garvan. Although now popular in Counties Cork and Kerry, the name originates from Ulster, the MacGarveys being from County Donegal, the O'Garveys from County Armagh, and specifically the barony of Oneilland East...

Who have we missed?

Tell us about any famous GARVEY (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!


Join the conversation with the GARVEY tribe

  • Find your GARVEY ancestor
  • Tell us about your GARVEY Family
  • Tell us about your GARVEY ancestors
  • Ask a question about the GARVEY history
  • Leave a message for GARVEY family members

Not famous, but there are McGerveys in Cavan in the 1800's, and now many of them have ventured west to Donegal, Sligo, and other areas because they were Catholic and the Scots were eventually settling their lands. My great-great-grandfather has 5000+ descendants, mostly in the US.


1976_ 2013 Brad Garvey and Bradley Garvey the second 1999. And counting


looking for any info on my family, two generations back living in Ireland, John/Sean Garvey, had several brothers, and uncles who had been in the miliary.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) A group will also found the Kingdom of Ercing in Wales as trade with Romans will become essential around 300 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Garvey story begins in pre-history Ireland but this line and many of his kin will move to Wales, then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit


You are not register

Join Log in

Invite more GARVEY family members!

Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the GARVEY tribe.

Log in or Register to invite others
Family Coat of Arms Generator

Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?

Create Crest

Discover where the GARVEY Family members live around the world

Explore where tribe members live today!


Show off the GARVEY Family Crest…

Wear your crest with pride...plenty of products to choose from