The Irish surname McKelvie originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac Fhiodhbhuidhe," which is probably derived from the word "fiodhbhadhach," referring to "a woodman."
from ancient times.
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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.
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
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McKelvie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Alex Paterson McKELVIE, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840