Mulvihil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Mulvihil was O Maoilmhichil, which denotes a descendant of a devotee of St. Michael.

Early Origins of the Mulvihil family

The surname Mulvihil was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht.

Early History of the Mulvihil family

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Mulvihil Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Mulvihil include Mulvihil, O'Mulvihil, Mulvahil, Mulvahill, Mulvihill and many more.

Early Notables of the Mulvihil family (pre 1700)

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United States Mulvihil migration to the United States +

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Mulvihil:

Mulvihil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael and Patrick Mulvihil, who settled in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860
  • John, James Mulvihil, who settled in Philadelphia in 1844
  • Bernard and Patrick Mulvihil, who settled in Philadelphia in 1878


The Mulvihil 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: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our home.


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