MacVay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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. 
Important Dates for the MacVay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacVay research. Another 44 words (3 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
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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MacVay migration to the United States
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 
- ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
- ^ 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)