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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.
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. 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. 
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.
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McVey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
- Walter Lewis McVey Jr. (1922-2014), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas (1961-1963)
- William Estus McVey (1885-1958), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois (1951-1958)
- Steve McVey (b. 1954), American evangelical Christian author and speaker
- Sam McVey (1884-1921), American heavyweight boxer, inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999, World Colored Heavyweight Champion in 1909 and 1911
- Paul McVey (1898-1973), American actor, known for his work in Shane (1953), Force of Evil (1948) and Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
- Leza Marie McVey (1907-1984), American studio potter
- George William McVey (1865-1896), American professional baseball player who played one season with the Brooklyn Grays in 1885
- Robert Patrick "Bob" McVey (b. 1936), American gold medalist ice hockey player at the 1960 Winter Olympics
- 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)
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.
- ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
- Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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.
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