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The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name McKevitt is O Dochartaigh, from the word "dochartach," which means hurtful or obstructive and in this case, it would be termed as a nickname.

McKevitt Early Origins



The surname McKevitt was first found in at Inishowen, in the barony of Raphoe, in County Donegal, where they were a large and influential sept, and were kin to the O'Donnells. They were one of the principal Irish clans to resist the Norman invasion of 1170 and were known as the Lords of Innishowen directly descended from the distinguished Irish General King Niall of the Nine Hostages, who was descended from the Heremon line of Irish Kings. The MacDevitts, who exist in large numbers in Inishowen, are descended from David O'Doherty, a chief of Cinel Conaill who was killed in 1208. Some members of the MacDevitt branch migrated to the territory of Oriel, now counties Louth, Monaghan, and south Down. There the "D" was aspirated creating the early Anglicization MacCaveat, and then the variation MacKevitt. Expanding their territory, they came to rule the peninsula of Inishowen in the 14th century. However, the poorly-timed and disastrous rebellion against the English crown led by Sir Cahir O'Dougherty in 1608, drastically reduced the power of the once powerful sept.

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McKevitt Spelling Variations


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McKevitt 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 McKevitt family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Dockeray, Dockerty, Dockharty, Dogherty, Dougharty, Dougherty, Doherty, Doherety, Dohertey, Docherty, Docharty, MacDevitt and many more.

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McKevitt Early History


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McKevitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKevitt research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1587, 1608 and 1608 are included under the topic Early McKevitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKevitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKevitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Sir Cahir O'Dougherty (1587-1608), leader of the rebellion in 1608, the last Gaelic Lord of Inishowen. Angered by the confiscation of his lands for the Plantation of Ulster, he sacked and burned the town of Derry and killed the Governor, Sir George...

Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKevitt 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McKevitt:

McKevitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McKevitt, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842

McKevitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph McKevitt, aged 10, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Mary McKevitt, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States from Hackballocross, Ireland, in 1906
  • Thomas McKevitt, aged 8, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Patrick McKevitt, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Down, Ireland, in 1907
  • Sarah McKevitt, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States from Down, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKevitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKevitt (post 1700)



  • Thomas McKevitt, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly 17th District; Elected 2008
  • James Douglas McKevitt (1928-2000), American Republican politician, Representative from Colorado 1st District, 1971-73; Defeated, 1972; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1972
  • Hugh King McKevitt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1932
  • Brian C. McKevitt, American professor of school psychology
  • Thomas McKevitt (b. 1971), American represents District 17 in the New York Assembly
  • James Douglas "Mike" McKevitt (1928-2000), U.S. Representative from Colorado
  • Karen McKevitt, Irish Social Democratic and Labour Party politician
  • Bernadette Sands McKevitt (b. 1958), Irish republican
  • Anne McKevitt (b. 1967), English entrepreneur, TV personality, author and philanthropist
  • Donna McKevitt (b. 1970), English composer

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Motto


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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: Ar Ndutcas
Motto Translation: Our heritage


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    2. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    3. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    4. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    5. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    The McKevitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKevitt 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 3 September 2016 at 14:30.

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