MacVeagh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 MacVeagh family

The surname MacVeagh 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. [1]

Early History of the MacVeagh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacVeagh research. Another 44 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1541 and 1798 are included under the topic Early MacVeagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacVeagh Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: McVeigh, McVeagh, McVey, McVeigh, Mcvagh, MacVaugh, McEvagh and many more.

Early Notables of the MacVeagh family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacVeagh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States MacVeagh migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacVeagh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edmund MacVeagh, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1702 [2]
MacVeagh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick MacVeagh, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name MacVeagh (post 1700) +

  • Charles MacVeagh (1860-1931), American lawyer and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Japan (1925-1928)
  • Isaac Wayne MacVeagh (1833-1917), American lawyer, politician, diplomat, 36th Attorney General of the United States (1881)
  • Franklin MacVeagh (1837-1934), American banker, 45th United States Secretary of the Treasury (1909-1903)
  • Lincoln MacVeagh (1890-1972), American diplomat, Ambassador to Greece


The MacVeagh 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.


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ 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)


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