McEvoy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Irish surname McEvoy originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac Fhiodhbhuidhe," which is probably derived from the word "fiodhbhadhach," referring to "a woodman."

Early Origins of the McEvoy family

The surname McEvoy 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.

Important Dates for the McEvoy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEvoy research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1100 and 1563 are included under the topic Early McEvoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McEvoy Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McEvoy were encountered in the archives: McEvoy, Evoy, McGilloway, McVeagh, McVeigh, McAvoy, McElwee, McElwy and many more.

Early Notables of the McEvoy family (pre 1700)

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McEvoy migration to the United States

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McEvoy name:

McEvoy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel McEvoy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
McEvoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick McEvoy, who landed in New York in 1840 [1]
  • Peter McEvoy, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1861 [1]
  • Bridget, Daniel, Edward, James, Martin, Patrick and William McEvoy who all, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868
  • Christy McEvoy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]
McEvoy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Matthew McEvoy, who arrived in Alabama in 1929 [1]

McEvoy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McEvoy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick McEvoy, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Tauph McEvoy, aged 55, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Jane McEvoy, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Thomas McEvoy, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Margaret McEvoy, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McEvoy migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McEvoy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Dennis McEvoy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [2]
  • John McEvoy, Scottish convict from Ayr, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [3]
  • Peter McEvoy, aged 40, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [4]

McEvoy migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McEvoy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. W. Mcevoy, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 [5]
  • Mr. James McEvoy, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 15th May 1870 [5]
  • Michael McEvoy, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Joseph McEvoy, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name McEvoy (post 1700)

  • Patrick H. McEvoy, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1887-88
  • P. J. McEvoy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900
  • Mary McEvoy, (d. 2002), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2000
  • Luke J. McEvoy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1925
  • John W. McEvoy, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Dubuque, Iowa, 1918-19 (acting, 1918-19)
  • John J. McEvoy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1916 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization)
  • James H. McEvoy, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 101st District, 1968
  • James E. McEvoy, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 8th District, 1901
  • James McEvoy, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwich, 1908
  • Charles McEvoy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1964
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McEvoy family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Patrick J McEvoy (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Eccleshill, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [6]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Mcevoy, Irish Refrigeration Greaser from Jonesborough, Armagh, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [7]
  • Mr. Henry Mcevoy, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Michael McEvoy (d. 1912), aged 19, Irish Third Class passenger from Dublin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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