First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cavanagh

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Alt. Meaning

C is for charm, the undeniable you.

A is for achievements, the many over a lifetime

V is for versatile, your changeable nature.

A is for affectionate, to those that matter most to you

N is for nifty, how neat!

A is for admirers, and all that you have!

G is for glisten, a sparkle in your eye.

H is for hug, give one today!

Notable Persons With the Last Name Cavanagh

Tom Cavanagh is an actor. He was most prominent from 1989 to present. Tom was given the name Thomas Patrick Cavanagh on October 26th, 1963 in Ottawa.


Megan Cavanagh is an actress. She has been prominent since 1984. Megan was born on November 8th, 1960 in Chicago.


Vincent Cavanagh is a death-doom, gothic metal, progressive rock, and alternative rock musician. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Vincent was born Vincent Cavanagh on August 29th, 1973 in Liverpool.


Daniel Cavanagh is a death-doom, gothic metal, progressive rock, and acoustic music musician. He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Daniel was born on October 6th, 1972.


Paul Cavanagh was an actor. He was most prominent from 1928 to 1959. Paul was born on December 8th, 1888 in Chislehurst, Kent, England. He breathed his last breath on March 15th, 1964.


Terry Cavanagh is a video game designer and game design. Terry was born in 1984 in Tydavnet, County Monaghan, Ireland.


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Popularity of Cavanagh as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cavanagh U.S.
  White 94.81% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cavanagh

People with the last name Cavanagh are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Cavanagh

  • How Popular is the name Cavanagh? As a last name Cavanagh was the 8,114th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Cavanagh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cavanagh is Monday, September 18th, 1899.
  • How unique is the name Cavanagh? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cavanagh. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cavanagh: Your name in reverse order is Hganavac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vaacangh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cavanagh? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,086 people with the last name Cavanagh.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cavanagh? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Cavanagh as their last name.

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