McGreevey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name McGreevey has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Giolla Rua, which means son of the red-haired youth.

Early Origins of the McGreevey family

The surname McGreevey was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they were the Chiefs of Clonderlaw, conjecturally descended from Tiobraid, son of Iral Glunmhar, King of Ulster. [1]

Early History of the McGreevey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGreevey research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1638 and 1640 are included under the topic Early McGreevey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGreevey Spelling Variations

In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the McGreevey family history revealed numerous spelling variations of the name, including Gilroy, Kilroy, MacGilroy, MacElroy, MacGreevy, Greevy, MacGilrea, McGilroy, McElroy, McGreevy, McGilrea, MacIlrea, McIlrea, Magilroy, Magilrea, MacElry, McElry, MacIlree and many more.

Early Notables of the McGreevey family (pre 1700)

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Canada McGreevey migration to Canada +

Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name McGreevey:

McGreevey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John McGreevey, aged 12 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" departing 13th September 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 1st November 1847 but he died on board [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGreevey (post 1700) +

  • James Edward "Jim" McGreevey (b. 1957), American Democratic politician, 52nd Governor of New Jersey (2002-2004)
  • John P. McGreevey, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2000; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2000 [3]
  • James Edward McGreevey (b. 1957), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1990-92; Governor of New Jersey, 2002-04 [3]
  • Dina Matos McGreevey (b. 1966), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2004 [3]

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 87)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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