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

McKelvy Early Origins



The surname McKelvy 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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McKelvy Spelling Variations


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McKelvy Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McKelvy that are preserved in archival documents are McEvoy, Evoy, McGilloway, McVeagh, McVeigh, McAvoy, McElwee, McElwy and many more.

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McKelvy Early History


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McKelvy Early History



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

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McKelvy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKelvy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McKelvy 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



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McKelvy family came to North America quite early:

McKelvy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward McKelvy, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • John McKelvy, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Michael McKelvy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Patrick McKelvy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Thomas McKelvy, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKelvy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James McKelvy arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKelvy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKelvy (post 1700)



  • William Nessler McKelvy (1869-1933), American United States Marine Corps officer, recipient of the Marine Corps Brevet Medal
  • Frank R. McKelvy (1914-1980), American seven-time Academy Award nominated set decorator
  • Russell Errett McKelvy (1854-1915), American Major League Baseball center fielder

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. 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. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    5. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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    The McKelvy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKelvy 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 19 May 2014 at 22:14.

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