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

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

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Mulvihill family name. Variations found include Mulvihil, O'Mulvihil, Mulvahil, Mulvahill, Mulvihill and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulvihill research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1189 is included under the topic Early Mulvihill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Mulvihill:

Mulvihill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Mulvihill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Thomas Mulvihill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Daniel Mulvihill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • James Mulvihill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Mulvihill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Mulvihill, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent"
  • William Mulvihill, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Thomas Mulvihill, aged 33, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851
  • Mary Mulvihill, aged 28, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851
  • Thomas Mulvihill, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer"


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  • Miss Bridget Elizabeth "Bertha" Mulvihill, aged 25, Irish Third Class passenger from Athlone, Westmeath who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 15
  • Margaret Mulvihill (b. 1954), Irish writer from Dublin
  • Liam Mulvihill (b. 1947), Irish 17th Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association
  • Martin Mulvihill (1919-1987), Irish traditional musician, composer, teacher, and author from Ballygoughlin, County Limerick
  • Daráine Mulvihill (b. 1983), Irish television personality, voted Irish Person of the Year in 2001
  • John Mulvihill (b. 1945), Irish Labour Party politician
  • Brian Mulvihill (b. 1947), former Australian rules footballer
  • James Anthony "Tony" Mulvihill (1919-2000), Australian politician, Senator for New South Wales (1965-1983)
  • Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill (1973-2006), British Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force who died in Iraq, becoming the first British servicewoman to be killed in action in 22 years
  • Matthew Mulvihill, Canadian ice hockey player


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

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The Mulvihill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mulvihill 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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