Show ContentsAvey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Avey originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac Fhiodhbhuidhe," which is probably derived from the word "fiodhbhadhach," referring to "a woodman."

Early Origins of the Avey family

The surname Avey was first found in Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Avey family

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Avey Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Avey were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. McEvoy, Evoy, McGilloway, McVeagh, McVeigh, McAvoy, McElwee, McElwy and many more.

Early Notables of the Avey family (pre 1700)

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Avey Ranking

In the United States, the name Avey is the 15,932nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Avey family

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 Avey: James McKelvey, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; David McKelvey, who was naturalized in South Carolina in 1805; Hugh McKelvey, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co., PA in 1807.

Contemporary Notables of the name Avey (post 1700) +

  • Linda Avey (b. 1960), American biologist and the co-founder of 23andMe and Curious, Inc
  • Sam Avey (1895-1962), American businessman and sports promoter
  • Dan Avey (1941-2010), American radio personality and newscaster, awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006
  • Denis Avey (1919-2015), British veteran of the Second World War, former prisoner of war at a camp adjacent to Monowitz, made British Hero of the Holocaust in 2010

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook