The Irish surname Galvin is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Gealbháin meaning “descendant of Gealbhán,” a personal name derived from the termsgeal meaning “bright,” and bán meaning “white.” The name is first recorded in Ireland in the 14th Century when Fergal O' Gealbhain. Is registered in the battle of Corcomroe Abbey. The name is found throughout Ireland with the highest concentration in counties Cork and Kerry. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1776 when David Galvin arrived in Maryland. Today there are 12,000 bearers of the name Galvin living in the US.
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