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Posted by: john flavin Date: December 09, 2000 at 07:54:25
In Reply to: FLAHAVAN AND FLAVIN---same name by Peggy Flavin K. of 41

from cork ireland. you are correct, as both names derive from the gaelic name o!flaithaimin pronounced flaveen, as there is no letter V in the gaelic alphabet TH is used to get a V sound. the O before an irish name denotes "son of". in the mid 19th century 75 per cent of the population spoke only irish,official records of births deaths etc became compulsory and as all of the officials wre english speaking the irish names were transcribed pheonetically hence the different english spellings and the dropping of the O. hope this helps.


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