On the Scottish west coast, the Corqill family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Gaelic word Mac-Thorcail
l which means son of Thor's cauldron,
which is the Norse hero whose name refers to the cauldron of the thunder god.
Early Origins of the Corqill family
The surname Corqill was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, 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 Corqill family
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Corqill Spelling Variations
In various documents Corqill has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacCorquodale, MacCorquindale, MacCorkindale, MacCorkill and many more.
Early Notables of the Corqill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Corqill family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Archibald McCorkadale, who arrived in Jamaica in 1685; Duncan McCorquadale, who came to Jamaica in 1758; Christian McCorquodale, who arrived in Virginia in 1792.
The Corqill 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: Vivat Rex
Motto Translation: Long live the king.