Mulvey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Mulvey is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mulvey family name comes from the Norman given name Reginald or Regenweald, meaning brave councilor, which is an alteration of the Old French name Reinold. "Several tenants in chief in Domesday [Book] are called Rainaldus. Reynell, Reynard, Reynardson, Rennal." [1]

"Its area of distribution is confined, for the most part, to the central part of England extending to the eastern counties between the Wash and the Thames. It is rare or absent in the south coast counties, excluding Cornwall, and excepting a scanty representation in Lancashire it does not occur north of a line drawn from the Humber to the Mersey. Shropshire, Norfolk, Wilts, and Cornwall are its principal homes." [2]

Early Origins of the Mulvey family

The surname Mulvey was first found in Somerset where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Early records of the name mention Willemus filius Raunaldi who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Walter Reynolds (died 1327) was Bishop of Worcester, Archbishop of Canterbury (1313-1327), Lord High Treasurer and Lord Chancellor. [3]

"The manor of Trebartha [in Cornwall] is said to have belonged to Walter Reynell, a knight of Gascony, so early as the reign of Richard I. at which time he was Castellan of Launceston." [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John Reynold, Cambridgeshire; Roger filius Reynald, Oxfordshire; and William filius Reynaud, Cambridgeshire. And the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Rainaldus filius Willelmi; and Ricardus Raynoldson. [5]

Early History of the Mulvey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulvey research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1191, 1194, 1198, 1327, 1313, 1327, 1588, 1655, 1549, 1607, 1544, 1594, 1599, 1676, 1589, 1655, 1624, 1625, 1657, 1655, 1657, 1636, 1690, 1657, 1612 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Mulvey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mulvey Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Mulvey has been recorded under many different variations, including Reynell, Reynolds, Reynold, Reynalds, Reynell, Renaud, Renaut, Renouf, Rennard, Renals, Rennell, Rennels and many more.

Early Notables of the Mulvey family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter Reynolds (d. 1327) the son of a Windsor baker, who became a favorite of King Edward II, Archbishop of Canterbury (1313-1327); John Reynolds (c. 1588-c. 1655), an English merchant and writer from Exeter, produced a series of violent stories around marriage, adultery and murder as well as some political writings that caused him to be imprisoned. John Reynolds or Rainolds (1549-1607), was English president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and dean of Lincoln, born at Pinhoe, near Exeter. William Reinolds (c. 1544-1594), was an English Roman Catholic divine, second son of Richard Rainolds...
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Ireland Migration of the Mulvey family to Ireland

Some of the Mulvey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mulvey migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Mulveys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Mulvey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Roger Mulvey, aged 43, who arrived in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Isabella Mulvey, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [6]
  • John Mulvey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [6]
  • Cecily Mulvey, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1854 [6]
  • Patrick Mulvey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [6]

Canada Mulvey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mulvey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Mulvey, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Jane Mulvey, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Susanna Mulvey, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Ms. Bridget Mulvey, aged 19 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wm S. Hamilton" departing from the port of New Ross, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [7]
  • Ms. Mary Mulvey, aged 22 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Messenger" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Mulvey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mulvey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Mulvey, (b. 1831), aged 20, Irish country servant who was convicted in County Fermanagh, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mulvey (post 1700) +

  • William Mulvey (b. 1949), American Roman Catholic Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Peter Mulvey, American folk singer-songwriter
  • Michael Mulvey, American Pulitzer Prize winning photographer
  • Kevin Mulvey (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Joseph H. "Joe" Mulvey (1858-1928), American Major League Baseball player
  • Stewart Mulvey (1834-1908), Irish-born, Canadian teacher, newspaper editor and politician
  • Paul Mulvey (b. 1958), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey player
  • Laura Mulvey (b. 1941), British feminist film theorist, Professor at University of London
  • Grant "Granny" Mulvey (b. 1956), Canadian NHL ice hockey player
  • Gráinne Mulvey (b. 1966), Irish composer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Mulvey 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: Jus meum tuebor
Motto Translation: I will defend my right.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 48)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackfriar


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