O'Mulvey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The O'Mulvey surname was an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó Maoilmheana, meaning "descendant of Maoilmheana," a personal name meaning "chieftain of the Main (river)." In Donegal it may be an Anglicized form of Ó Maolmhaghna

Early Origins of the O'Mulvey family

The surname O'Mulvey was first found in County Derry, where they were hereditary ollavs of O'Cahan (O'Kane.) One of the first records of the name was O Maiol Mheanna mentioned in the Annals of Ulster in 1164 where the family claim descent for the from Eoghan, son of Niall of the None Hostages and was probably associated with the river Meana which flowed into Lough Neagh at Randalstown. [1]

Another source claims that the name claims descent from the Donnelly line from MaolfIona which meant in English "the devotee of wine" [2]

As both authors referenced were Chief Heralds of Ireland, we must leave it up the reader to decide who is more accurate.

"O'Mulvey was a Chief in the Barony of Mohill, County Leitrim, in which county about 50 per cent, of persons bearing the name Mulvey are now found." [3]

Early History of the O'Mulvey family

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O'Mulvey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: O'Mulvany, Mulvany, Mulvenna, O'Mulvey, Mulvey and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Mulvey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the O'Mulvey family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Mulvay, who settled in Philadelphia in 1746; Patrick Mulvany, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808; James Mulvany, who arrived in Baltimore in 1809.



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  3. ^ Matheson, Robert E., Special Report on Surnames in Ireland with Notes as to Numeric Strength, Derivation, Ethnology, and Distribution. Dublin: Alexander Thom & Co., 1894. Print


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