The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland
spawned the ancestors of the Magilley family. Their name comes from a devotion to Christianity.
The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios,
which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa,
meaning son of the servant of Jesus.
Early Origins of the Magilley family
The surname Magilley was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early rolls taken by the Kings of England
Early History of the Magilley family
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Magilley Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations
of the same name. Magilley has been recorded as MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.
Early Notables of the Magilley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Magilley family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Magilley, or a variant listed above: Anne McLeish settled in Pennsylvania in 1833; George and Catherine McGillis settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.
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