The Irish surname Galvan is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Gealbháin meaning “descendant of Gealbhán,” a personal name derived from the terms geal meaning “bright,” and bán meaning “white.” The name is recorded in Ireland in the 14th Century, 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 1823 when Richard Galvan arrived in New York. Today there are 4,000 bearers of the name Galvan living in the US.
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