MULVIHILL Family History
This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic O' Maoilmhichil, son of the devotee of (St.) Michael. Michael is a personal name of Hebrew origin which means "who is like the Lord"; this was the name of one of the archangels, the leader of the heavenly host, and hence the patron of the christian warrior. The name became popular from the 12th Century onwards. The namebearers claim descent from Maol Mhichil, who was a chief of Siol Muireadhaigh in the early 9th Century.