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Origins of the Kavanagh surname

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About the Kavanaghs

We have a total number of 26988 records for people with the last name Kavanagh.

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Where do most Kavanaghs live?

In 1921, most Kavanaghs lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Kavanaghs

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We have 12,200 records for the Kavanagh surname. The oldest one dates back to 1820.

Who were Kavanaghs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Kavanagh first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Kavanaghs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Kavanaghs in 1921


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant






Common Male occupations for Kavanaghs in 1921
General Labourer


Dock Labourer




Coal Miner




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