McIlveen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McIlveen family

The surname McIlveen 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 McIlveen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIlveen 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 McIlveen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McIlveen Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the McIlveen family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McIlveen family to Ireland

Some of the McIlveen 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 McIlveen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McIlveen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McIlveen, aged 36, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1898
McIlveen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John McIlveen, aged 24, who settled in America from Antrim, in 1903
  • Hugh McIlveen, aged 20, who landed in America from Bangor, Ireland, in 1907
  • William McIlveen, aged 21, who landed in America from New Cumnock, Scotland, in 1911
  • Sarah McIlveen, aged 22, who settled in America from Broughshane, Ireland, in 1912
  • Wm. Robert McIlveen, aged 34, who immigrated to America, in 1916
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McIlveen (post 1700) +

  • Henry Cooke "Irish" McIlveen (1880-1960), Irish-born, American Major League Baseball player
  • David McIlveen, Democratic Unionist Party politician in Northern Ireland
  • Michelle McIlveen, Northern Irish politician
  • Brigadier Sir Arthur McIlveen MBE (1886-1979), Australian Salvation Army officer


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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