Show ContentsMcGreevy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name McGreevy 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 McGreevy family

The surname McGreevy 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 McGreevy family

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McGreevy Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best due to competing dialects and languages, and the general illiteracy of the population. Research into the name McGreevy revealed many spelling variations, 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 McGreevy family (pre 1700)

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McGreevy Ranking

In the United States, the name McGreevy is the 16,433rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States McGreevy migration to the United States +

During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name McGreevy:

McGreevy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick McGreevy, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • Patric John McGreevy, who arrived in Arkansas in 1876 [3]
  • Henry McGreevy, who landed in Arkansas in 1888 [3]
McGreevy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie McGreevy, aged 23, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1902
  • Catherine McGreevy, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Carrick Manor, in 1905
  • Ellen McGreevy, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1909
  • Alice McGreevy, aged 28, who landed in America from Ballylane, Armagh, Ireland, in 1909
  • James McGreevy, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Roscommon, Ireland, in 1909
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Australia McGreevy migration to Australia +

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

McGreevy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Margaret Mcgreevy, (nee Tynan), (b. 1796), aged 22, Irish servant who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 26th July 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1865 [4]

New Zealand McGreevy 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:

McGreevy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Bridget McGreevy, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Mary McGreevy, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name McGreevy (post 1700) +

  • Michael T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy, American leader of the most vocal fans of the Boston Americans (now the Boston Red Sox) and pub owner of the Third Base Saloon
  • John McGreevy, American historian and Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at the University of Notre Dame
  • James McGreevy, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [5]
  • David Martin James McGreevy (b. 1985), nicknamed "Bonzo, " an Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Jacskon McGreevy (b. 1994), Irish hurler who plays as a midfielder for the Antrim senior team
  • Sean Pol McGreevy (b. 1980), Irish actor, singer, composer and musical director
  • John H. C. McGreevy CM, FCA (1913-2004), Canadian community service volunteer recognized for his military service in the Second World War as prisoner of war
  • Rose Ann McGreevy (1945-2014), Australian sculptor
  • William James McGreevy (1899-1981), English professional footballer
  • Thomas McGreevy (1825-1897), Canadian politician who was expelled from the House of Commons for corruption and served one year in prison but after his release he was re-elected to Parliament in 1895
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  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd March 2022). Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook