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

The name is derived from the Irish Gaelic "Mac an Bheatha," and a bearer of Mac Beatha is mentioned in the Annals as taking part in the battle of Clontarf in 1014.


Spelling variations of this family name include: McVeigh, McVeagh, McVey, McVeigh, Mcvagh, MacVaugh, McEvagh and many more.

First found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McVey research. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1541 and 1798 are included under the topic Early McVey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McVey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McVey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Doug McVey, aged 30, arrived in North Carolina in 1775
  • Douglas McVey, aged 30, landed in North Carolina in 1775

McVey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McVey, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas McVey, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Michael McVey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • James McVey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Jane McVey, aged 18, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864


  • Calvin Alexander McVey (1849-1926), American professional baseball player
  • Frank L. McVey (1869-1953), economist, educator and academic administrator
  • Tyler McVey (1912-2003), as an American character actor
  • Patrick McVey (1910-1973), American actor
  • Alex McVey, American fine artist and illustrator from Texas
  • John McVey (b. 1959), American folk rock singer songwriter
  • Robert Patrick "Bob" McVey (b. 1936), American ice hockey player
  • Kyle McVey, Northern Irish football player
  • Cameron Andrew McVey, British music producer
  • Duncan Joseph McVey, New Zealand former association football player



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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through adversity.


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  2. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  11. ...

The McVey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McVey 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.

This page was last modified on 13 September 2014 at 21:34.

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