MacIver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacIver 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 MacIver family

The surname MacIver was first found in Dumbartonshire. The first on record was "Douenaldus filius Makbeth mac Ywar was one of the perambulators of the boundary between the lands of Arnbroath Abbey and the barony of Kynblathmund, 1219." [1]

Early History of the MacIver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacIver research. Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1479, 1479, 1488, 1931, 1499, 1541, 1562, 1563, 1638, 1659, 1621, 1644, 1621, 1622, 1640, 1644 and are included under the topic Early MacIver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacIver Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the MacIver family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacIver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the MacIver family to Ireland

Some of the MacIver family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada MacIver migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacIver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John MacIver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836

Contemporary Notables of the name MacIver (post 1700) +

  • Joyce MacIver (1904-1999), born Georgette Scott, an American novelist and playwright
  • Robert Morrison MacIver (1882-1970), American (Scottish-born) sociologist
  • Joseph MacIver, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1899-1903 [2]
  • John MacIver, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1972 [2]
  • Mrs. E. D. MacIver, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1956 [2]
  • Donald Neil MacIver (b. 1955), Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman for the Winnipeg Jets (1979-1983)
  • Charles MacIver (1866-1935), British silver medalist sailor in the 12 metre class at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Norman Steven Maciver (b. 1964), Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player, current assistant general manager for the Chicago Blackhawks
  • David Randall- MacIver FBA (1873-1945), British-born archaeologist, known for his excavations at Great Zimbabwe
  • David MacIver (1840-1907), English steam ship owner and a Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Birkenhead (1874-1885) and for Liverpool Kirkdale (1898-1907)


The MacIver 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.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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