McCorvey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McCorvey family

The surname McCorvey was first found in Kirkcudbright, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland in 1485 when John Makcorwis was a witness at Mayboill in Ayrshire.

Early History of the McCorvey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCorvey research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1678 and 1713 are included under the topic Early McCorvey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCorvey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacCorvie, MacKervaie, MacKorvie, MacCorwis, MacKorwis, MacKerras, MacCorvey, MacKervey, MacKorvey, MacCerras and many more.

Early Notables of the McCorvey family (pre 1700)

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United States McCorvey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCorvey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Murphy McCorvey, who landed in North Carolina in 1783 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCorvey (post 1700) +

  • Norma Leah McCorvey (1947-2017), better known by the legal pseudonym "Jane Roe", American plaintiff in the famous lawsuit Roe v. Wade
  • Kezarrick Montines McCorvey, former professional American NFL football wide receiver for three seasons for the Detroit Lions


  1. ^ 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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