A Letter from Ireland:

The Irish Surname Mulvey


Mulvey comes from the Irish Ó Maoilmhiadhaigh – from the Irish for “honourable” – a descriptive name. There were branches of the family in both Counties Leitrim and Clare – but the main sept were from County Clare.

If you would like to add what you know about the Mulvey surname, tell the story of your Mulvey family OR ask a question – please do so below in the comments section.

Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.

  • Andrea Rigney Murray says:

    Curious to know where Rigney (which I understand means anglosized “little king” in Gaelic) fits in. Family comes from Tyrrellspass, County Weastmeath. Major name: Henry Joseph Rigney, for generations. Still living, breathing relatives in town. Just like to know more history of the name. Thanks!

    • Mike says:

      Hi Andrea – Yep – Rigney from the Irish “Ó Raighne” – originally Offaly (next door to Westmeath) and my notes show strongly associated with the town of GarryCastle in County Westmeath. Mike.

  • Barry says:

    Mike Mulvey (born in Manchester) is an English football manager of A-League club Brisbane Roar FC.[1]


  • Kim Betsacon says:

    I am desperately searching for any information on my 3rd Great Grandmother Catherine Mulvey baptized in Taghmon October 25, 1826. She married Michael James Jordan (record also found in Taghmon in 1846) and they had at least 7 children. James (1847) was baptized in Taghmon while John (1850) and Catherine (1852) were baptism in Multifarnham. I have been unable to find baptism records for Michael James Jr (1858), Mary (1859), or Kate (1861). The youngest daughter, Martha (1865) has an entry for her baptism on family search but there is no record attached. It claims she was baptized in Dublin, Dublin Ireland. I have found the names Brig. Mulvey and Mary (?) Mulvey as sponsors but that is all I have. I wish so much to find out more about their lives in Ireland and who their parents were. I wish to know if there are any surviving distant relatives still in that area who I can talk to. The daughter Catherine is the only one of the family who did not immigrate to the US in or around 1867. I wish to know if she married and stayed behind or if she passed away. If she married I would love to learn more about her life and any children she may have had. If she passed, I would really love to know where she may be buried. Any help you could give me would mean so very much to me. Thank you for your time.

  • tammy poirier says:

    Hi I am searching for Nathaniel Mulvey wife Ellen ward or John Patrick mulvey his son I know john mulvey is my great grandfather but I come to a stand still when I get to Ireland they ended up in litchfield quebec canada. Thank you if you would have any information or where to find it.

  • Beverly McGrath Colell says:

    I have information on my Great Grandfather Michael Mulvey, born in March, 1863 and immigrated to Boston in 1883. He married Delia (Bridget Gunning) on April 28, 1889. One of their children was my father’s mother. My grandmother married Charles Frederick McGrath. I am trying to search back on both of them to find out information as to their parents and where they lived in Ireland. Thank you for any information you can provide. Beverly McGrath Colell

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