Garvey Family History

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Garvey Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gairbhshíth ‘descendant of Gairbhshíth’, a personal name from garbh ‘rough’, ‘cruel’ + síth ‘peace’. See also McGarvey.

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

Similar surnames: Harvey, Harley, Carney, Tarpey, Ganley, Markey, Garey, Carvey, Garry

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Garvey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Garvey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Garvey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Garvey Family Origin

Where is the Garvey family from?

Garvey Family Occupations

What did your Garvey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and Farmer Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Garvey. The most common Garvey occupation in Canada was Farmer. 28% of Garvey's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Garvey family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Farmer Son

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Garvey ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Garvey Historical Records

What Garvey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 88,000 census records available for the last name Garvey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garvey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Garvey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Garvey. For the veterans among your Garvey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Garvey Life Expectancy

What is the average Garvey lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Garvey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Garvey in 1945 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Garvey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Garvey ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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