MacKil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Gaelic name used by the MacKil family in ancient Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.
Early Origins of the MacKil family
The surname MacKil 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 MacKil family
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MacKil Spelling Variations
The search for the origins of the name MacKil family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.
Early Notables of the MacKil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKil family
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name MacKil or a variant listed above: Anthony, James, John, Martin, Patrick, Peter and Richard MacHale all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.