Last name: Galvan

There are two possible origins for this interesting name. The first being that it is a Norman introduction since 1066, of a Roman nickname for one who had a receeding hair line (Latin - Calvanus). The second that it is an anglicization of the Irish - Gaelic O Gealbhain (The Son of the descendant of the Bright (Geal) Fair one (Ban). Usually found now as Galvin or Galvan. The name recordings and developments include Edward Galvan, St. Margarets, Lothbury on June 9th 1737, Sarah Gaulven St. Sepulchre, London, on 27th October 1826 whilst earlier in 1648, Mary Gulvin married John David on the 5th of March, at Cranbrook, Kent. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Peter Gaulvin, which was dated 1635 married Ann Lee at St. Margarets Church, Westminster, during the reign of King Charles 1, known as "The Martyr", 1625 - 1649. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

© Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2015

Want to dig deeper into your family history? Take a look at our page on building a Family Tree. Or get scientific and enter the exciting world of Ancestral DNA!

Surname Scroll

Enjoy this name printed onto our colourful scroll, printed in Olde English script. An ideal gift. View Details.
PayPal Acceptance Mark
Surname Scroll

Peter Galvan

What is wrong with mexico and spain that they believe they are center of the universe. Do you not understand that these are both countries not races? Do you know that Texas was a country by itself about as long as Mexico was the country over Texas. So since my great great grandma was born in the country of Texas, is my race Texan? Idiots.

Robert Galvan
This is not correct. Galvan did not originate from Ireland or Irish decent that would be Galvin. Galvan and Galvin are 2 different race plus culture. Galvan originated from Spain.

Vivian Galvan

My last name is Galvan too!!

Peter Galvan

That sounds about as moronic as saying Galvan originated from Mexico.

oscar galvan
so i galvan a Spanish Irish name ? im lost lol i know the spanish raided mexico thouse landing me the last name galvan but um is it irish 1st or spanish?

reggie galvan
Im asking the same question,

kaila galvan
ughh so from where exactly

What about Bob Galvan who has no place in history but looks asian, speaks like a white guy, dresses like black guy, hangs with latinos, is a muslim by faith but can dance a mean macarena.

Alma Galvan
What about Luigi Galvani - the scientist, (1700's) I thought maybe Galvan came from Galvani (Italian?)

Vivian Galvan

i am doing a project can somebody help me please

Peter Galvan

Yes, Galvani and Galvan are the same

Ricardo Galvan
My God Therese! No wonder the rest of the world thinks that Americans have half of a brain. When I hear things like this, it's embarassing to be American. Go back to school! Not the same school because they didn't do a very good job.

Paula Gordon

Everyone knows that the celts were in Spain before getting kicked out and finding Ireland.

Frank Galvan

Relax Ricardo. Paula is right. Celts were living in Spain. And if your name is like you know. Thanks Paula