Origin of the Name Givens
The ancient history of the name Givens
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Givens
include Giveen, Given, McKevin and McAvin. This name in Irish is Mag Dhuibhin and the latter variants are the anglicized form of this. This sept came from Ulster .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
Their territory was around Glenties in County Donegal where we find McAvin is less numerous than Given and Giveen. Thomas Givens, 1864-1928, was a prominent labour leader and President of the Australian Senate and was the son of a County Tipperary farmer. The name is now rare in Munster . In modern times the name is found in its original territory of North Donegal.
The Givens coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Givens descendants.