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.

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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.

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.

I would just like to know where my first ancestor really originated from and the real name.

John G.
My Grandmother's maiden name is Galvan and she was born in Mexico and came to Philadelphia in the 1920's, I'm guessing because my Mother was born in Philly in 1938 and she has 3 older siblings who were born in Philly too.. So is she of spanish (Spain) descent?

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