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Cavanagh Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Kavanagh .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cavanah, Cavanaugh, Kavanaugh, Cavenaugh, Kavanagh, Hannah, Cavan

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Where is the Cavanagh family from?

You can see how Cavanagh families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cavanagh family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cavanagh families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Cavanagh families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Cavanagh's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Cavanagh families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cavanagh surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cavanagh ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cavanagh. 9% of Cavanagh men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Cavanagh women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cavanagh were Farmer and Housewife. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 93,000 census records available for the last name Cavanagh. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cavanagh census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Cavanagh. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Cavanagh lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cavanagh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Cavanagh in 1944 was 27, and 73 in 2004.

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