McElvain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McElvain family

The surname McElvain was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McElvain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McElvain research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1546 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 (pre 1700)

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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 31 words (2 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 [1]
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) +

  • 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. ^ 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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