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The Irish surname McKelvie originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac Fhiodhbhuidhe," which is probably derived from the word "fiodhbhadhach," referring to "a woodman."

McKelvie Early Origins



The surname McKelvie was first found in Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McKelvie Spelling Variations


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McKelvie Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McKelvie family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including McEvoy, Evoy, McGilloway, McVeagh, McVeigh, McAvoy, McElwee, McElwy and many more.

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McKelvie Early History


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McKelvie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKelvie research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1100 and 1563 are included under the topic Early McKelvie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKelvie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKelvie Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McKelvie or a variant listed above, including:

McKelvie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Flora McKelvie, aged 26, who landed in America from Corrie, in 1906
  • James McKelvie, aged 6, who settled in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1908
  • Charles McKelvie, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from Dundee, Scotland, in 1908
  • Andrew McKelvie, aged 18, who landed in America from Galashiels, Scotland, in 1910
  • Elizabeth McKelvie, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKelvie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alex Paterson McKELVIE, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKelvie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKelvie (post 1700)



  • Chris McKelvie (b. 1985), American professional ice hockey player
  • Zach McKelvie (b. 1985), American professional ice hockey defenseman
  • Roderick R. McKelvie (b. 1946), former United States federal judge
  • Samuel Roy McKelvie (1881-1956), American Nebraska Republican politician
  • Susan McKelvie (b. 1985), Scottish female hammer thrower
  • Robert Douglas McKelvie (1912-1996), English cricketer
  • Daniel "Danny" McKelvie, Scottish professional rugby league footballer
  • Ian McKelvie, New Zealand politician and a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives
  • Red McKelvie, New Zealand singer-songwriter-instrumentalist and session musician
  • Christina McKelvie (b. 1968), Member of the Scottish Parliament
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McKelvie Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The McKelvie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKelvie 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 29 April 2016 at 00:01.

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