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Where did the Scottish McGill family come from? When did the McGill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McGill family history?The surname McGill was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Galloway. The McGill surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."
The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years McGill has been spelled MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.
First found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGill research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1579 and 1734 are included under the topic Early McGill History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McGill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:
McGill Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
McGill Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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