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MacIvor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The MacIvor 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.


Early Origins of the MacIvor family


The surname MacIvor was 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.

Early History of the MacIvor family


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MacIvor Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the MacIvor family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacIvor family to Ireland


Some of the MacIvor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacIvor family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacIvor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John MacIvor, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Blanche MacIvor, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1909
  • John MacIvor, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1909
  • F. H. Macivor, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Jean MacIvor, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name MacIvor (post 1700)


  • Ralph Waldo Emerson MacIvor (1852-1917), British agricultural chemist, lecturer and writer
  • John Smith MacIvor (1913-1957), Canadian lawyer and politician in Nova Scotia
  • Rod MacIvor (b. 1946), retired Canadian photojournalist from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
  • Daniel MacIvor (b. 1962), Canadian actor, playwright, theatre director, and film director from Sydney, Nova Scotia, recipient of the Governor General's Award for Drama in 2006

The MacIvor Motto


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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