McElveen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McElveen family

The surname McElveen 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 McElveen family

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

McElveen Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the McElveen family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McElveen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McElveen Ranking

In the United States, the name McElveen is the 10,048th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the McElveen family to Ireland

Some of the McElveen 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 McElveen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McElveen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary A. McElveen, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • James McElveen, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Liverpool, England [4]
McElveen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Gilbert McElveen, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Kaiser Wilhelm II" from Cherbourg, France [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name McElveen (post 1700) +

  • William McElveen, American politician, Representative from New York, 1894 (15th District), 1896 (9th District)
  • Joseph T. "Joe" McElveen Jr., American politician, Mayor of Sumter, South Carolina (2000-), father of Thomas McElveen
  • W. Ashby "Bubba" McElveen Jr. (1928-2006), American politician, Mayor of Sumter, South Carolina, the first civilian to be named honorary Chief Master Sergeant of the US Air Force
  • Pryor Mynatt McElveen (1881-1951), American Major League Baseball third baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1909 to 1911
  • Thomas McElveen (b. 1978), American politician, Member of the South Carolina Senate (2013-)
  • Jermaine McElveen (b. 1984), American CFL football defensive end who played from 2007 to 2014




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