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

The original Gaelic form of Mulvihill was O Maoilmhichil, which denotes a descendant of a devotee of St. Michael.


Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Mulvihill family name. Variations found include Mulvihil, O'Mulvihil, Mulvahil, Mulvahill, Mulvihill and many more.

First found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulvihill research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1189 is included under the topic Early Mulvihill History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Mulvihill:

Mulvihill Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Mulvihill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Thomas Mulvihill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Daniel Mulvihill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • James Mulvihill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876


  • John Mulvihill (b. 1945), Irish Labour Party politician
  • Daráine Mulvihill (b. 1983), Irish television personality, voted Irish Person of the Year in 2001
  • Martin Mulvihill (1919-1987), Irish traditional musician, composer, teacher, and author from Ballygoughlin, County Limerick
  • Liam Mulvihill (b. 1947), Irish 17th Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association
  • Margaret Mulvihill (b. 1954), Irish writer from Dublin
  • Miss Bridget Elizabeth "Bertha" Mulvihill, aged 25, Irish Third Class passenger from Athlone, Westmeath who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 15
  • Matthew Mulvihill, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill (1973-2006), British Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force who died in Iraq, becoming the first British servicewoman to be killed in action in 22 years
  • James Anthony "Tony" Mulvihill (1919-2000), Australian politician, Senator for New South Wales (1965-1983)
  • Brian Mulvihill (b. 1947), former Australian rules footballer


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: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our home.


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  3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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  6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
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  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. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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The Mulvihill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mulvihill 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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