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Where did the Scottish McIlwain family come from? What is the Scottish McIlwain family crest and coat of arms? When did the McIlwain family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McIlwain family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacIlvean, MacIlvane, MacIlvenna, MacIlwain, MacIlwaine and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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 McIlwain research. Another 192 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1546 are included under the topic Early McIlwain History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early McIlwain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McIlwain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 236 words(17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McIlwain Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Maggie McIlwain, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Armagh, Ireland, in 1893
  • R. McIlwain, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1893
  • Samuel McIlwain, aged 18, who landed in America from Armagh, in 1898

McIlwain Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Chas. H. McIlwain, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1907
  • John McIlwain, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Lochgelly, Scotland, in 1908
  • Adam McIlwain, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Caven, Ireland, in 1909
  • Bridget McIlwain, aged 24, who landed in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1912
  • Eliza McIlwain, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Milford, Ireland, in 1912


  • Charles Howard "Mae" McIlwain (1871-1968), American historian and political scientist
  • Stover William McIlwain (1939-1966), American professional baseball player
  • Wallace Wesley McIlwain (1903-1963), American professional football player
  • Henry McIlwain (1912-1992), British neurochemist
  • Dallas McIlwain (b. 1982), Australian rugby league player


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The McIlwain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McIlwain 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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