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Meshell Surname History



The roots of the name Meshell are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Meshell was originally found in Galloway. The Meshell surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."


Early Origins of the Meshell family


The surname Meshell 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 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 Meshell family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meshell research.
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Meshell Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Meshell has been spelled MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.

Early Notables of the Meshell family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir James MacGill of Nether Rankeillour (died 1579), a Scottish politician, Lord Clerk Register to Mary, Queen of Scots; and his son, David MacGill or Makgill (died...
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Migration of the Meshell family to Ireland


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


Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them: Patrick MacGill settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina with Richard, Samuel and William, in 1767; Andrew MacGill settled in Virginia in 1774.

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