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Mcgarvey Name Meaning

Irish (Donegal and Tyrone) and Scottish (Galloway): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gairbhshíth ‘son of Gairbhshíth’ a personal name derived from garbh ‘rough cruel’ + síth ‘peace’. Compare Garvey .

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

Similar surnames: Garvey, Mcgarry, Mccorvey, Mccarley, Mclarney, Mccarney, Mcgaffey

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Where is the Mcgarvey family from?

You can see how Mcgarvey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mcgarvey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mcgarvey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 28 Mcgarvey families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 64% of all the recorded Mcgarvey's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Mcgarvey families in 1840.
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What did your Mcgarvey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mcgarvey. 24% of Mcgarvey men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Mcgarvey women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mcgarvey were Truck Driver and New Worker. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • New Worker
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Mcgarvey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mcgarvey 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Mcgarvey. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Mcgarvey. For the veterans among your Mcgarvey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mcgarvey lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Mcgarvey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Mcgarvey in 1952 was 50, and 72 in 2004.

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