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Where did the Irish McVey family come from? What is the Irish McVey family crest and coat of arms? When did the McVey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McVey family history?

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.

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

First found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McVey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McVey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Doug McVey, aged 30, arrived in North Carolina in 1775
  • Douglas McVey, aged 30, landed in North Carolina in 1775

McVey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh McVey, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas McVey, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Michael McVey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • James McVey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Jane McVey, aged 18, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864


McVey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James McVey, aged 19, a cotton, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • Eliza McVey, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • James McVey arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Sicily McVey, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Harmony" in 1838

McVey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James McVey, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875

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  • Calvin Alexander "Cal" McVey (1849-1926), American professional baseball player who played from 1871 to 1879
  • Frank L. McVey (1869-1953), American economist, educator and academic administrator
  • Tyler McVey (1912-2003), American character actor, known for Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) and Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1966)
  • Patrick McVey (1910-1973), American actor, known for Big Town (1950), Manhunt (1959) and North by Northwest (1959)
  • Alex McVey, American fine artist and illustrator from Texas
  • John McVey (b. 1959), American folk rock singer songwriter
  • Robert Patrick "Bob" McVey (b. 1936), American gold medalist ice hockey player at the 1960 Winter Olympics
  • George William McVey (1865-1896), American professional baseball player who played one season with the Brooklyn Grays in 1885
  • Leza Marie McVey (1907-1984), American studio potter
  • Paul McVey (1898-1973), American actor, known for his work in Shane (1953), Force of Evil (1948) and Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

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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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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  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. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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The McVey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McVey 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 27 April 2015 at 14:59.

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