MULVEY Family History
Recorded as Mulvay, Mulve, Mulvee, Mulvey, Mulvy, Mulveagh, Mulvie, and others, this is an Irish surname of antiquity. It is said to originate from the pre 10th century Gaelic O' Maoilmhiadhaigh, a real mouthful translating as "The male descendant of the follower of St. Miadhach". Miadhach was a personal name meaning honourable. Well there you are! If you cannot have a ruthless warrior as the original chief of the clan, the usuall form with both Gaelic and Celtic clan surnames, a good dollop of religious fervour is a fine substitute.