McKeevor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McKeevor 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 McKeevor family

The surname McKeevor 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 McKeevor family

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

McKeevor Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the McKeevor family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the McKeevor family to Ireland

Some of the McKeevor 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.


Australia McKeevor migration to Australia +

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

McKeevor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Mckeevor, (b. 1813), aged 25, Irish groom who was convicted in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland for 10 years for house robbery, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 29th December 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]


The McKeevor 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. ^ Convict Records Australia (Retrieved on 18th March 2022, (retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elphinstone)


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