Milar was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Milar family lived in the county of Dumfries.
Early Origins of the Milar family
The surname Milar was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, where the Milar family held a family seat
from ancient times. One line had its ancestral seat at Dalswinton, Dumfriesshire
. During the Middle Ages, occupational
names were frequently recorded in Latin; thus, one who worked at a mill would have been documented under the name Milendinarius, Le Molendinator, or De Molendino. The modern spellings "Miller" and "Millar" came into general use about 1500; earlier documents usually show the name in Latin.
Early History of the Milar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Milar research.Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1253 is included under the topic Early Milar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Milar Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Milar has been spelled Miller, Millar, Myllar, Mylar, Millare, Myllair and many more.
Early Notables of the Milar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Milar family to Ireland
Some of the Milar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Milar family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: John Millar, who arrived in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1705; Daniel Millar, who settled in Maryland in 1714; George Millar, who was recorded as a runaway servant, convict, or slave in Delaware in 1754.
Contemporary Notables of the name Milar (post 1700)
The Milar Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Manent optima coelo
Motto Translation: The best things await us in heaven.
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