Recorded as Calvie, Calvey, Colvie, Culvey, and possibly others, this is a surname of Scottish origins. It is locational from a loch, and possibly a now "lost" village called Calvie, near Strathcarron in the county of Ross and Cromarty. It is uncertain as to the meaning of the name, but it may translate as the place of the calves. The surname has been well recorded since the late medieval period, and seems to be particularly associated with Newburgh. This is a town on the Firth of Tay, in Fifeshire, Scotland, with Lindores Abbey, with which nameholders were associated, nearby.These Scottish recordings include John Calvy, given as being the baillie of Newburgh in 1544. This was almost a family business, as two centuries later we have the recording of another John, this time spelt Calvie, and again the baillie of Newburghe, although by this time the town name had developed an e suffix which it has now lost again. In the city of London, Peter Calvey married Martha Swanne at St Dunstans Stepney, on February 1st 1627, whilst Martha Culvey was christened at St Pancras Old Church, on May 9th 1859.
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