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Where did the Scottish McKeever family come from? What is the Scottish McKeever family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKeever family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKeever family history?

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

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.


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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.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKeever Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


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


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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  • Sean Kelley McKeever (b. 1972), American comic book writer
  • Marlin Thomas McKeever (1940-2006), American football defensive end, fullback and punter
  • Ted McKeever, award-winning American comics artist
  • Stephen W. McKeever (1853-1938), American construction contractor in Brooklyn, New York who built Ebbets Field
  • Edward Clark Timothy McKeever (1910-1974), American football player, coach, and executive
  • Jason Jay McKeever (b. 1976), American singer-songwriter & composer
  • Michael Pierce McKeever Sr. (b. 1941), American economics and business educator, CEO, founder McKeever Institute Economics Policy Analysis (1995)
  • John Paul McKeever (b. 1987), Scottish football midfielder
  • Andrew Edward McKeever (1894-1919), Canadian World War I two-seater flying ace
  • Bridget McKeever (b. 1993), field hockey midfielder and defender from Northern Ireland

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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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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  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. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. 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.

This page was last modified on 27 February 2015 at 22:38.

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