McKelvey Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McKelvey Family History

If you are conducting some McKelvey family history research then you can view the McKelvey coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and McKelvey surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name McKelvey in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic Mac Giolla Bhuidhe Sept that was loctaed in County Donegal in the North of the country. There are a number of variants of this name including MacElwee, MacCalvey, MacGilloway and Kilvey.

A Sept is an ancient Clan-like collective describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McKelvey Coat of Arms

Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Ermine Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Hand Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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