McIver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McIver surname is thought to have derived from an Old Norse personal name Ivarr of uncertain origin. It became a given name in Ireland, Scotland and Wales before becoming a hereditary surname.

Early Origins of the McIver family

The surname McIver was first found in Dumbartonshire. The first on record was "Douenaldus filius Makbeth mac Ywar was one of the perambulators of the boundary between the lands of Arnbroath Abbey and the barony of Kynblathmund, 1219." [1]

Early History of the McIver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIver research. Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1479, 1479, 1488, 1931, 1499, 1541, 1562, 1563, 1638, 1659, 1621, 1644, 1621, 1622, 1640, 1644 and are included under the topic Early McIver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McIver Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacIver, MacIvor, MacCure, MacEure, MacUre and many more.

Early Notables of the McIver family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McIver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McIver family to Ireland

Some of the McIver family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McIver migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McIver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Angus McIver, who settled in New England in 1685
  • Angus McIver, who landed in New Jersey in 1685 [2]
  • Donald McIver, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [2]
  • Duncan McIver, who landed in New Jersey in 1685 [2]
McIver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Roderick McIver, who landed in South Carolina in 1752 [2]
  • Peter McIver, aged 15, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774-1775 [2]
  • Alexander McIver, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1774 [2]
  • Margaret McIver, aged 20, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774-1775 [2]
  • Mary McIver, aged 6, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774-1775 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McIver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Judith McIver, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Shane and Mary McIver, who settled in New York State in 1803
  • Shane McIver, aged 25, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Michael McIver, who arrived in America in 1809 [2]
  • W John E McIver, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1814 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McIver migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McIver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John McIver, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • John McIver, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Rose McIver, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Biddy McIver, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Kitty McIver, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McIver migration to Australia +

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

McIver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Finlay McIver, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [3]
  • Jean McIver, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [3]
  • Elizabeth McIver, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849 [4]
  • Roderick McIver, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [5]

New Zealand McIver 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:

McIver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Hector McIver, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [6]
  • Mr. Neil McIver, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [6]
  • Mrs. McIver, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [6]
  • John McIver, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Merrington" in 1867
  • Ellen McIver, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Merrington" in 1867
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McIver (post 1700) +

  • Charles Duncan McIver (1860-1906), American founder and first president of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Everett McIver (b. 1970), former American NFL football offensive guard who played from 1994 to 1999
  • Murdo George McIver (1893-1981), American camper and hiker whose cabin is now a favorite shelter for hikers of the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Henry Douglas McIver (1841-1907), American soldier of fortune who fought for 18 countries; he joined the private army of the East India Company when he was 16 years old, captured in Mexico by Indians, and escaped three months later by swimming across the Rio Grande
  • Hugh McIver VC, MM (1890-1918), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Margaret Elizabeth McIver (1933-2020), Australian equestrian, dressage coach and judge
  • Colin McIver (1881-1954), English cricketer
  • Paul McIver (b. 1986), New Zealand actor and musician, known for his recurring role in the Hercules television movie series
  • Richard William "Ric" McIver (b. 1958), Canadian politician and businessman in Alberta, Minister of Infrastructure (2013-)
  • Joseph Allan McIver (1904-1969), Canadian composer, arranger, pianist, and conductor
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Mciver, English Assistant Steward (Waiter) from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [7]


The McIver Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Numquam obliviscar
Motto Translation: I will never forget.


  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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILIES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ramillies.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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