The MacGiver surname is thought to have derived from an Old Norse personal name
Ivarr of uncertain origin. It became a given name in Ireland
before becoming a hereditary surname.
Early Origins of the MacGiver family
The surname MacGiver 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 MacGiver family
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MacGiver Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacIver, MacIvor, MacCure, MacEure, MacUre and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGiver family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGiver family to Ireland
Some of the MacGiver family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the MacGiver family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Angus
McIver, who settled in New England
in 1685; Angus
McIver, Anne McIver and Duncan McIver, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; J.McCiver, who settled in Baltimore in 1820 with his wife and children.
The MacGiver 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.