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Kirwan Surname Origin

The name was O'Quirivane until the time of Queen Elizabeth, when they, with many Irish houses, were compelled to drop the 'O,' and Quirivane was corrupted into Kirwan.

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.

Kirwan  Surname Meaning and Family Facts

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'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.' --Alex Haley

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