In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the MacGilis family were born. Their name comes from a devotion to Christianity.
The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios,
which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa,
meaning son of the servant of Jesus.
Early Origins of the MacGilis family
The surname MacGilis was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early rolls taken by the Kings of England
Early History of the MacGilis family
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MacGilis Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. MacGilis has been spelled MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGilis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGilis family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to England
re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first MacGiliss to arrive on North American shores: Anne McLeish settled in Pennsylvania in 1833; George and Catherine McGillis settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.