First name origin & meaning:
Middle English: Chubby
First name variations: Cavanagh, Kavanaugh, Cavanaugh
Last name origins & meanings:
- Irish: in Wexford, an Anglicization of Gaelic Mac
Caomhánach ‘son of Caomhán’ (see Kevin).
MacLysaght says that this is a famous branch of the MacMurroughs. The
name is said to have been acquired from the first Kavanagh having been
fostered by a follower of St. Caomhán.
- Irish: Anglicization of Gaelic
Mac an Mhanaigh ‘son of the monk’, from manach ‘monk’, a
rare Mayo surname.
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