Origin of the Name Mulvihill
The origin of the name Mulvihill
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Mulvihill
include Melville and Mitchell. O'Mulvihil is the anglicized form of O'Maoilmhicil, who was the famous ancestor being so called on account of his devotion to St. Michael. The sept was of some importance in Mediaeval times, being of the same stock as the McBrannans, and located with them on the west bank of the Shannon in the modern county of Roscommon. Both were styled chiefs of Corca Sheachlainn. The last to be found in the 'Annals of the Four Masters' was Gillananaev O'Mulvihil, who was one of the leading men responsible for the assassination of the son and heir of the King of Connacht in 1189. In modern times the representatives of this sept are scattered, being found in places that are as widely separated as Counties Kerry , Donegal and Wicklow, but not in very large numbers.
The Mulvihill coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Mulvihill descendants.