Galvin Family History
Galvin Name Meaning
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gealbháin ‘descendant of Gealbhán’, a personal name from geal ‘bright’ + bán ‘white’. French: nickname for a cheerful drunkard, from Old French galer ‘to enjoy oneself’, also used in a transitive sense with the meaning ‘waste’, ‘consume’ + vin ‘wine’ (Latin vinum). French: from a variant of the personal name Gauvain (see Gavin).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press