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Early Origins of the McElvain family

The surname McElvain was first found in Dumfries where Thomas Makgilvane was a tenant under Douglas in the barony of Buittle in 1376. The name was derived from the Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain, meaning 'son of the servant of S. Beathin' (Bean). There are many spelling variations of the name due to the English translation from Gaelic. John Mcilmeyne was a witness in Dumfries in 1477 and Gilbert Makilmeyn de Grummat was listed here in 1503. 1

Allan McYlveine de Grumet who appears as bailie of the Abbey of Crossraguel in 1523 is Alan Makilwene, juror on assize in the bailliary of Carrick in 1532. 1

Early History of the McElvain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McElvain research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1526, 1546, 1547, 1566, 1569, 1570, 1574, 1627, 1628, 1674, 1764, 1790, 1797, 1814, 1818, 1831, 1843, 1853, 1871 and 1882 are included under the topic Early McElvain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McElvain Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacIlvean, MacIlvane, MacIlvenna, MacIlwain, MacIlwaine and many more.

Early Notables of the McElvain family

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McElvain Ranking

In the United States, the name McElvain is the 14,828th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

Ireland Migration of the McElvain family to Ireland

Some of the McElvain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 191 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McElvain migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McElvain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel McElvain, who arrived in America in 1808 3
McElvain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Roy McElvain, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Sylva Mcelvain, aged 9, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Julia Mcelvain, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name McElvain (post 1700) +

  • Cheryl McElvain, American researcher at Santa Clara University
  • Lauren McElvain, American neuroscientist at the University of California San Diego
  • Beki McElvain, American researcher in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Kenneth McElvain, American researcher in nuclear physics at University of California, Berkeley
  • Kathryn Ellison "Ellie" McElvain, American actress, known for her work on Let's Talk About That (2018), Kwaczala (2019) and Perfect Match (2017)
  • Samuel H. McElvain, American politician, Representative from Missouri 7th District, 1916
  • Richard McElvain, American actor, known for his roles in Mermaids (1990), What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) and Clue VCR Mystery Game (1985)
  • Samuel Marion McElvain (1897-1973), American chemist, professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1923-1961)

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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) on Facebook