A surname of Ireland "said to have been adopted from the first Kavanagh having been fostered by a successor of St. Caomhan." (MacLysaght). Traced in Co. Wexford by MacLysaght.



At Ferryland: Ferryland Surrogate Court Records: October 14, 1790 - James Kavenaugh (sic) and William Kavenaugh (sic) charged with stealing fish from Mr. Hill.
  Ferryland District Court: November 8, 1798 - Kavanagh, James - Among a group of individuals and companies who sued this Ferryland dealer for money owed: Shortall, James.
  Ferryland Census 1800: James Kavanagh; Fanny Kavanagh; James - 21; William - 18; John - 12; Patrick - 8; Catharine - 15½.
At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845 - Patrick & Timothy Kavanagh; 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - Patrick Kavanagh.
  Crown Land Grant #610: December 27, 1847; Patrick Kavannaugh (sic), farmer, Western Side of shore of Caplin Bay, Ferryland [District]. (This property was originally part of the 1773 Nash Plantation).
  Lovell's 1871 Directory: Patrick Kavanaugh, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory: Martin Kavanagh, fisherman, Patrick Kavanagh, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory: Patrick Kavanagh, fisherman; Martin Kavanagh, fisherman; Peter Kavanagh, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory: Patrick Kavanagh, fisherman; Martin Kavanagh, fisherman; Peter Kavanagh, fisherman.
Family History: Although there were Kavanaghs at Ferryland in the late 1700s and in 1800, it is not known for certain if the Kavanagh family of Caplin Bay originated from that family. There were no Kavanaghs recorded in the Voter's Lists at Ferryland, however, Patrick Kavanagh appears in the Voter's List at Caplin Bay starting in 1841. Patrick had at least three sons there in the 1840s and 1850s. Patrick Jr. and Martin married and raised large families at Caplin Bay and James married twice at Ferryland and raised a large family there.
Present Status: The Kavanaghs at Calvert and Ferryland, descendants of Patrick Kavanagh who settled in Caplin Bay, are still one of the most prevalent surnames in the area. Like many other families from this area, some Kavanaghs from each generation have moved to other parts of Newfoundland, the rest of Canada, and the U.S.A.

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