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. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
Another source claims that the name claims descent from the Donnelly line from Maolf Iona
which meant in English "the devotee of wine" CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
As both authors referenced were Chief Heralds of Ireland
, we must leave it up the reader to decide who is more accurate.
Early History of the O'Mulvey family
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O'Mulvey 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 to the New World and Oceana
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.