Kavanagh Family History

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Kavanagh Name Meaning

in Wexford, an Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Caomhánach ‘son of Caomhán’ (see Kevin). MacLysaght says that this is a famous branch of the MacMurroughs. The name is said to have been acquired from the first Kavanagh having been fostered by a follower of St. Caomhán. Anglicization of Gaelic Mac an Mhanaigh ‘son of the monk’, from manach ‘monk’, a rare Mayo surname.

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


Similar surnames: Cavan, Cavanagh, Kavanaugh, Harnage, Cavanah, Cavanaugh, Koyanagi

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Kavanagh Family Origin

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Kavanagh Family Occupations

What did your Kavanagh ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Kavanagh. 36% of Kavanagh men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Kavanagh women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kavanagh were Farming and Factory Hand

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    36%
  • Fishman
    5%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Farming
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
    25%
  • Clerk
    17%
  • Nurse
    13%
  • Factory Hand
    13%

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

Kavanagh Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Kavanagh. For the veterans among your Kavanagh ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kavanagh Life Expectancy

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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Kavanagh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Kavanagh in 1947 was 48, and 80 in 2004.

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