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Where did the Scottish Miller family come from? What is the Scottish Miller family crest and coat of arms? When did the Miller family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Miller family history?It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Miller. It was a name for someone who lived in the county of Dumfries.
Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Miller has been spelled Miller, Millar, Myllar, Mylar, Millare, Myllair and many more.
First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where the Miller family held a family seat from ancient times. One line had its ancestral seat at Dalswinton, Dumfriesshire. During the Middle Ages, occupational names were frequently recorded in Latin; thus, one who worked at a mill would have been documented under the name Milendinarius, Le Molendinator, or De Molendino. The modern spellings "Miller" and "Millar" came into general use about 1500; earlier documents usually show the name in Latin.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Miller research. Another 210 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1253 is included under the topic Early Miller History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Miller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Miller family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 250 words(18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:
Miller Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Miller Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Miller Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Miller Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Manent optima coelo
Motto Translation: The best things await us in heaven.
The Miller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Miller Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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