Quill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Quill comes from the Irish "O Cuill," meaning hazel. Because of the similarity between "cuill" and "coill" meaning wood, the surname was often translated into Woods.

Early Origins of the Quill family

The surname Quill was first found in Counties Cork and Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where it belonged to a distinguished bardic family.

The O Cuill family of Kilnamagh had two members worthy of an obituary in the Annals: Cinnfaelidh O Cuill (d.1048), chief poet of Munster, and Cinnfealidh O Cuill or Kinealy O'Quill (d.1507), Chief of His Name.

Important Dates for the Quill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quill research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 169 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Quill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Quill, O'Quill, Woods and others.

Early Notables of the Quill family (pre 1700)

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Quill migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Quill, who settled in Boston in 1762
  • Thomas Quill, who was bound out as an apprentice in Philadelphia in 1771
  • Thomas Quill, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Quill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Timothy Quill, who arrived in New York in 1848 [1]
  • Timothy Quill, who landed in New York in 1848
  • John Quill, who was naturalized in Michigan in 1850
  • John Quill, who was naturalized in New Orleans in 1851
  • Denis Quill, who arrived in New York in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Quill migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Quill U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
Quill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Quill, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Thomas Quill, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine Quill, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland

Quill 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:

Quill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Quill, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [3]
  • Mr. William Quill, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [3]
  • Mr. Maurice Quill, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Quill (post 1700)

  • Eric Quill (b. 1978), American soccer player
  • Gene Quill (1927-1989), American jazz musician
  • Michael Joseph Quill (1905-1966), American labor leader born in County Kerry, Ireland. Quill was active in the movement for Irish independence before emigrating to the United States in 1926
  • Timothy Quill (1901-1967), Irish Labour Party politician
  • Máirín Quill (b. 1936), former Irish Progressive Democrats politician
  • Greg Quill (1947-2013), Australian-born, Canadian musician, singer, songwriter and journalist at the Toronto Star
  • Jeffrey Kindersley Quill (1913-1996), British Royal Air Force officer

Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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