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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the Scottish McKeever family come from? What is the Scottish McKeever family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKeever family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKeever family history?

The McKeever surname is thought to have derived from an Old Norse personal name Ivarr of uncertain origin. It became a given name in Ireland, Scotland and Wales before becoming a hereditary surname.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: MacIver, MacIvor, MacCure, MacEure, MacUre and many more.

First found in Dumbartonshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKeever research. Another 293 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1479, 1659, 1621, 1644, 1621, 1622, 1640 and 1644 are included under the topic Early McKeever History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKeever Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McKeever family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKeever Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Nancy McKeever, aged 45, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Daniel McKeever, aged 21, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Alexander McKeever, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Robert McKeever, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Margaret McKeever, aged 37, landed in New York, NY in 1834


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  • Sean Kelley McKeever (b. 1972), American comic book writer
  • Marlin Thomas McKeever (1940-2006), American football defensive end, fullback and punter
  • Ted McKeever, award-winning American comics artist
  • Stephen W. McKeever (1853-1938), American construction contractor in Brooklyn, New York who built Ebbets Field
  • Edward Clark Timothy McKeever (1910-1974), American football player, coach, and executive
  • Jason Jay McKeever (b. 1976), American singer-songwriter & composer
  • Michael Pierce McKeever Sr. (b. 1941), American economics and business educator, CEO, founder McKeever Institute Economics Policy Analysis (1995)
  • John Paul McKeever (b. 1987), Scottish football midfielder
  • Andrew Edward McKeever (1894-1919), Canadian World War I two-seater flying ace
  • Bridget McKeever (b. 1993), field hockey midfielder and defender from Northern Ireland

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Numquam obliviscar
Motto Translation: I will never forget.

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  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The McKeever Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKeever Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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