McIlvride History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

As a Scottish name, McIlvride is derived from the Gaelic "Mac Gille Brighde," meaning "son of the servant of (St.) Brigit." The Scottish Gaelic word for church "cill Bríghde," became a place name (Kilbride, in Lanarkshire) and some bearers of McIlvride may have originally taken their surnames from this.

Early Origins of the McIlvride family

The surname McIlvride was first found in Arran, an island in North Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, in the Firth of Clyde, where the name has long existed, although the name's earliest recorded roots are from County Donegal in Ireland. According to legend, both the Scottish and the Irish branches are descended from the son of the servant of (St.) Brigit, the virgin Abbess of Kildare who died 525 A.D.

Important Dates for the McIlvride family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIlvride research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1296, 1329, 1370, and 1476 are included under the topic Early McIlvride History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McIlvride Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacBride, McBride, Macbryde, Macbraid, MacBridan, McKillbride, McGillbride, Macilvride, Mackelbreed, McBryde, Bridson, Brydson, Kilbride, Gilbride,MacBridan, MacIlvride, MacBraid and many more.

Early Notables of the McIlvride family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McIlvride Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McIlvride family to Ireland

Some of the McIlvride family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 134 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McIlvride family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ant Macbride, who arrived in Georgia in 1734; Alexander McBride, who was recorded in Charlestown, SC in 1767; Anthony McBride, who was listed as a Scottish settler in Ontario, Canada in 1821.

Contemporary Notables of the name McIlvride (post 1700)

  • Lewis McIlvride (1882-1949), Scottish-born, New Zealand politician, Member of Parliament for Napier (1922-1925)

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