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This is an anglicized form of the Olde Gaelic O Glaimhin. The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the personal byname Glaimhin meaning "Plunderer"; hence, "Descendant(s) of the Rapacious one". This sept originated in Connacht. One branch, belonging to the ancient population group Ui Fiachrach Muaide, was located in north Mayo and Sligo, and the other branch (Aidhne), Occupied south Galway. However, the name Glavin, with variant spellings Glaveen and Glavan is most widespread today in the Munster Counties of Kerry, Cork and Waterford.

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