Madill Surname History

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Madill family. Their name comes from the personal name Dougal. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill and literally means son of Dougal.

Early Origins of the Madill family

The surname Madill was 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 were descended from Dugall eldest son of Somerled, first Lord of the Isles, and his son Duncan who received the lands of Lorn.The Clan was a bitter foe of Robert the Bruce, who made a narrow escape during one battle with the MacDougals only by discarding his cloak. The brooch of this cloak, now known as the Brooch of Lorn, is a treasured possession of the Chief of the Clan. The Clan faced heavy retaliation and was stripped of their lands once Robert the Bruce secured the Scottish throne. The lands were restored to the Clan upon the death of the king, but passed to the Stewarts in 1388 when the last member of the senior branch of MacDougals died without issue.

Important Dates for the Madill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Madill research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1244 and 1316 are included under the topic Early Madill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Madill Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Madill has been written as MacDougall, MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill and many more.

Early Notables of the Madill family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Madill family to Ireland

Some of the Madill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Madill migration to the United States

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Madill or a variant listed above:

Madill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Madill, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
Madill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Madill, aged 29, who landed in America from Monaghan, in 1899
Madill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. T. Madill, aged 39, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1901
  • Mana Madill, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Wicklow, in 1903
  • Jessie Madill, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1904
  • Mollie Madill, aged 18, who settled in America from Cootehill, in 1905
  • Georgetta Madill, aged 12, who landed in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Madill migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Madill Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Marjorie Madill, aged 28, who immigrated to Toronto, Ontario, in 1924

Madill migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Madill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Madill, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Madill (post 1700)

  • Maureen Madill (b. 1958), Northern Ireland professional golfer, coach and broadcaster
  • Jeff Madill (b. 1965), Canadian retired ice hockey right winger
  • The Honourable Francis Leslie 'Frank' Madill (b. 1941), Liberal Party member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly (1986 to 2000)
  • John Ellwood Madill (1915-1999), Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons

Historic Events for the Madill family

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Georgette Alexandra Madill, aged 16, American First Class passenger from St. Louis, Missouri who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 2 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from
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