The Irish surname McElwee originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac Fhiodhbhuidhe," which is probably derived from the word "fiodhbhadhach," referring to "a woodman."
Early Origins of the McElwee family
The surname McElwee was 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.
Early History of the McElwee family
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McElwee Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the McElwee family name include McEvoy, Evoy, McGilloway, McVeagh, McVeigh, McAvoy, McElwee, McElwy and many more.
Early Notables of the McElwee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McElwee family to the New World and Oceana
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia
. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McElwee family came to North America quite early:
McElwee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William McElwee, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
McElwee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Amie McElwee, aged 20, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1904
- Bridget McElwee, aged 21, who landed in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1908
- Agnes McElwee, aged 21, who landed in America from Carrigart, Ireland, in 1909
- Fanny McElwee, aged 20, who landed in America from Tamney, Ireland, in 1911
- James McElwee, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1911
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McElwee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Eliza McElwee, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
- Sarah McElwee, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
Contemporary Notables of the name McElwee (post 1700)
- W. H. McElwee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1940
- Samuel A. McElwee, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1884, 1888
- June McElwee (b. 1888), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Pocahontas County, 1937-53
- Edward McElwee Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Westport, 1932
- Dave McElwee, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State Senate 9th District, 2012
- Samuel McElwee (1857-1914), American slave from Madison County, Tennessee who was nominated by U.S. Senator Roderick R. Butler to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives, but lost
- Leland Stanford McElwee (1894-1957), American Major League Baseball player who played for the Philadelphia Athletics during the 1916 season
- Ross McElwee (b. 1947), American documentary film maker and cinematographer, Harvard professor
- Robert T. "Bob" McElwee (b. 1935), former American NFL football official
- Robert "Rob" McElwee (b. 1961), BBC Weather's longest-serving weather forecaster
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