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The name is derived from the Irish Gaelic "Mac an Bheatha," and a bearer of Mac Beatha is mentioned in the Annals as taking part in the battle of Clontarf in 1014.

McVay Early Origins



The surname McVay was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times. Today the name is numerous in north-east Ulster but back in the 17th century it was mainly recorded in Antrim, Armagh and Donegal as McVagh, McVaugh and McEvagh. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)

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McVay Spelling Variations


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McVay Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: McVeigh, McVeagh, McVey, McVeigh, Mcvagh, MacVaugh, McEvagh and many more.

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McVay Early History


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McVay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McVay research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1541 and 1798 are included under the topic Early McVay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McVay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McVay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McVay 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McVay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael McVay, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Charles, Daniel, James, Thomas, and William McVay, who settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Francis McVay, who landed in America, in 1899

McVay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Gertrud V. McVay, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Annie McVay, aged 7, who landed in America from Hamilton, Scotland, in 1911
  • Catherine McVay, aged 3, who emigrated to America from Hamilton, Scotland, in 1911
  • Elizabeth McVay, aged 5, who landed in America from Hamilton, Scotland, in 1911
  • Albert McVay, aged 34, who settled in America from London, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McVay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McVay (post 1700)



  • Kimo Wilder McVay (1927-2001), American musician turned talent manager of such names as Robin Luke, Don Ho, John Rowles, comic Andy Bumatai and many more
  • Charles B. McVay Jr. (1868-1949), American admiral in the United States Navy, father of Charles B. McVay III
  • Sean McVay (b. 1986), American football coach and former player, current offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins
  • Hugh McVay (1788-1851), American politician, 9th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama in 1837
  • Rear Admiral Charles Butler McVay III (1898-1968), Commanding Officer of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
  • Nathan B. McVay, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1948
  • Shirley McVay, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1972
  • Hugh McVay (1788-1851), American politician, Member of Mississippi Territorial House of Representatives, 1811-17; Governor of Alabama, 1837
  • Gene McVay, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Arkansas, 1998
  • Freda McVay, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 84th District, 2004
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through adversity.


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McVay Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. 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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  11. ...

The McVay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McVay 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.

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