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MacIel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the MacIel family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from the given name Ian or John. John is the most common personal name in the Highlands. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Iain.


Early Origins of the MacIel family


The surname MacIel was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, 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.

Early History of the MacIel family


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MacIel Spelling Variations


Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, MacIel has been spelled MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.

Early Notables of the MacIel family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacIel family to Ireland


Some of the MacIel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacIel family to the New World and Oceana


Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name MacIel were among those contributors: John MacKane settled in Carolina in 1806; Alexander, John, Peter, Thomas MacKane all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; James MacKean settled in Carolina in 1767.

Contemporary Notables of the name MacIel (post 1700)


  • Marco Antônio de Oliveira Maciel (b. 1940), Brazilian politician, lawyer and law school professor, 22nd Vice President of Brazil (1995-2003)
  • Marcial Maciel Degollado LC (1920-2008), Mexican Catholic priest who founded the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi movement
  • Lucía Maciel (b. 1970), Argentine actress and television reporter
  • Francisco Maciel García (b. 1964), former tennis player from Mexico
  • Francisco Antonio Maciel (1757-1807), Montevidean Criollo industrialist and philanthropist, known as the "father of the poor"
  • Antônio Vicente Mendes Maciel (1830-1897), birth name of Antônio Conselheiro, a Brazilian religious leader, preacher, and founder of the village of Canudos

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