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About the Givens surname

The Given Clan

Clan History...

The names Given and Giveen in Ireland are derived from the native Gaelic Mag Dhuibhin and Mag Dhuibhfhinn Septs that were located in County Donegal in the North West of the country. There are a number of variants including Giffen, MacKevin and MacAvin which can be found in County Sligo.

(Origin Welsh) A smith, the same as Gove; Gaelic, gobhain.

Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

Last name origin & meaning: (givens)

Northern Irish: variant of Given, with English patronymic -s.

Last name origin & meaning: Given

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Dhuibhín or Mag Dhuibhfhinn (see McGiffin).

Last name origin & meaning: McGiffin

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Dhuibhfinn, a patronymic from the personal name Duibhfionn, composed of the elements dubh ‘black’ + fionn ‘fair’.

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