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Garvey and O'Garvey are Irish surnames, derived from the Gaelic Ó Gairbhith, also spelt Ó Gairbheith, meaning "descendant of Gairbhith".[1][2] Gairbhith itself means "rough peace".[3]

There are three distinct Ó Gairbhith septs in Ireland:

The similar name MacGarvey, which derives from the Mac Gairbhith sept located in present-day County Donegal, Republic of Ireland, is not usually anglicised as Garvey.[1]


Fictional characters[edit]

  • Quinn Garvey, in the American TV series How I Met Your Mother.
  • The Garvey family, in the British TV series Benidorm. The family consists of Mick, Janice, Michael and Chantelle (Telle).
  • Preston Garvey, in the post apocalyptic video game Fallout 4 released in 2015.
  • Eugene Garvey, in the British TV series Waterloo Road (series 7).Merlin Olsen, in the TV Show Little House on the Prairie played Jonathan Garvey.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Bell (2003), p. 159.
  2. ^ a b John O'Hart, Irish Pedigrees; or, The Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation, 5th edition, in two volumes, originally published in Dublin in 1892, reprinted, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976, Vol. 1, pp. 466–467 (Heremon Genealogies) and p. 819 (Principal Families of Ulster)
  3. ^ a b c d e Woulfe, Rev. Patrick (1923). "Ó Gairbheith". Irish Names and Surnames. Retrieved September 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ a b Ireland's History in Maps – Uí Nialláin
  5. ^ a b "Ui Breasail". Irish Names and Surnames. Library Ireland. Retrieved 28 November 2013.

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