The name is derived from the Irish Gaelic "Mac an Bheatha," and a bearer of Mac Beatha is mentioned in the Annals as taking part in the battle of Clontarf in 1014.
Early Origins of the MacVay family
The surname MacVay was first found in Connacht
(Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat
from ancient times. Today the name is numerous in north-east Ulster
but back in the 17th century it was mainly recorded in Antrim, Armagh and Donegal
as McVagh, McVaugh and McEvagh. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
Early History of the MacVay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacVay research.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1541 and 1798 are included under the topic Early MacVay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacVay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: McVeigh, McVeagh, McVey, McVeigh, Mcvagh, MacVaugh, McEvagh and many more.
Early Notables of the MacVay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacVay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
MacVay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M MacVay, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The MacVay 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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through adversity.