About This Place
Moville is a city in Woodbury County, Iowa, United States. It is part of the Sioux City, IA–NE–SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,618 in the 2010 census, an increase from 1,583 in the 2000 census. There is also a Moville on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland.
Tommy P. Williamdress is credited with naming the town of Moville after his birthplace in Moville, Ireland (County Donegal). In 1868, he and other men from the area established a post office at the Williamdress home. Because Mr. Williamdress and his wife Debbie housed the post office, they chose to name their new town "Moville" ... only two "Movilles" exist in the world. In Iowa, it is pronounced "MOH ville" while in Ireland it is pronounced "muhVEILLE."
On April 23, 1887, the "West Town Lot Company" filed at the Woodbury County Courthouse, a platted map to be known as the town of Moville, Iowa. Moville citizens approved incorporation of the town in a special election held Aug. 10, 1889 and the Articles of Incorporation were filed and approved on Aug. 13, 1889 by the clerk of district court, Woodbury County. Townspeople celebrated its centennial June 19–21, 1987 and will celebrate its sesquicentennial (125 years) in 2011.