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The McKeever 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.

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The surname McKeever was first found in Dumbartonshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKeever research. Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1479, 1659, 1621, 1644, 1621, 1622, 1640 and 1644 are included under the topic Early McKeever History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the McKeever family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKeever Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nancy McKeever, aged 45, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Daniel McKeever, aged 21, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Alexander McKeever, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Robert McKeever, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Margaret McKeever, aged 37, landed in New York, NY in 1834
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McKeever Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Archy McKeever, aged 16, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Eliza McKeever, aged 18, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Jane McKeever, aged 14, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Martha Anne McKeever, aged 7, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Mary McKeever, aged 19, landed in Quebec in 1834
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McKeever Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McKeever, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
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  • Michael Pierce McKeever Sr. (b. 1941), American economics and business educator, CEO, founder McKeever Institute Economics Policy Analysis (1995)
  • Jason Jay McKeever (b. 1976), American singer-songwriter & composer
  • Edward Clark Timothy McKeever (1910-1974), American football player, coach, and executive
  • Stephen W. McKeever (1853-1938), American construction contractor in Brooklyn, New York who built Ebbets Field
  • Ted McKeever, award-winning American comics artist
  • Marlin Thomas McKeever (1940-2006), American football defensive end, fullback and punter
  • Sean Kelley McKeever (b. 1972), American comic book writer
  • John Paul McKeever (b. 1987), Scottish football midfielder
  • Paul McKeever (1956-2013), British police officer, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales
  • Ian McKeever (1970-2013), Irish mountaineer, broadcaster, and motivational speaker
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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.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The McKeever Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKeever Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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