McVey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the McVey family

The surname McVey 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]

Important Dates for the McVey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McVey research. Another 44 words (3 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 and printed products wherever possible.

McVey Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the McVey family (pre 1700)

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McVey migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McVey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Doug McVey, aged 30, who arrived in North Carolina in 1775 [2]
  • Douglas McVey, aged 30, who landed in North Carolina in 1775 [2]
McVey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McVey, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Thomas McVey, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Michael McVey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [2]
  • James McVey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [2]
  • Jane McVey, aged 18, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McVey migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McVey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James McVey, aged 19, a cotton, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Eliza McVey, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • James McVey, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Sicily McVey, aged 35, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Harmony" in 1838

McVey migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McVey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph McVey, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Canning" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1857 [3]
  • James McVey, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name McVey (post 1700)

  • 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)
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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