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Where did the Irish McAvoy family come from? What is the Irish McAvoy family crest and coat of arms? When did the McAvoy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McAvoy family history?The Irish surname McAvoy originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac Fhiodhbhuidhe," which is probably derived from the word "fiodhbhadhach," referring to "a woodman."
Many spelling variations of the surname McAvoy can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include McEvoy, Evoy, McGilloway, McVeagh, McVeigh, McAvoy, McElwee, McElwy and many more.
First found in Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAvoy research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1100 and 1563 are included under the topic Early McAvoy History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McAvoy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McAvoy:
McAvoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John McAvoy, who arrived in America in 1811
- James McAvoy, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
- Richard McAvoy, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
- Patrick McAvoy, who arrived in New York in 1836
- Luke McAvoy, who landed in Mississippi in 1844
McAvoy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Daniel McAvoy, aged 18, who landed in America from Drumlish, Ireland, in 1907
- Andrew McAvoy, aged 32, who landed in America from Ashton Lyne, England, in 1907
- Elizabeth McAvoy, aged 28, who landed in America from Portadown, Ireland, in 1910
- Frank McAvoy, aged 23, who landed in America from Mallow, Ireland, in 1911
- Edward McAvoy, aged 23, who landed in America from Newtownards, Ireland, in 1912
- Francis S. McAvoy (1856-1925), American lawyer and politician from New York City
- Thomas James McAvoy (b. 1938), American federal judge for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- May McAvoy (1899-1984), American silent film actress, known for her starring role in The Jazz Singer
- George McAvoy (1884-1952), American Major League Baseball player who played with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1914
- James Eugene McAvoy (1894-1973), American Major League Baseball catcher
- James McAvoy (b. 1979), Scottish Golden Globe nominated actor, best known for his role as Charles Xavier in the X-Men: First Class (2011) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
- Thomas McLaughlin "Tommy" McAvoy PC (b. 1943), Baron McAvoy, Scottish politician, Treasurer of the Household Deputy Chief Whip (2008-2010)
- Nathan McAvoy (b. 1976), English former rugby league player who played from 1994 to 2008, Member of the England National Team (1996-1999)
- Lauren Elizabeth McAvoy (b. 1987), English fashion model who won Cycle 3 of Britain's Next Top Model in 2007
- Jock McAvoy (1908-1971), ring name of Joseph Patrick Bamford, British boxer who fought from 1927 to 1945
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- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
The McAvoy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McAvoy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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