MacGil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Gaelic name used by the MacGil family in ancient Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.
Early Origins of the MacGil family
The surname MacGil was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, from before the 12th century.
Early History of the MacGil family
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MacGil Spelling Variations
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempt to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name MacGil dating from that time include MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.
Early Notables of the MacGil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGil family
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name MacGil: Anthony, James, John, Martin, Patrick, Peter and Richard MacHale all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
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