MacKillop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the MacKillop family were born. Their name comes from the personal name Philip, which is originally derived from the Greek personal name Philippos, which means horse-lover. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fhilib, meaning son of Philip. The f is aspirated in the genitive case, causing it to disappear. [1]

Early Origins of the MacKillop family

The surname MacKillop 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 at Brae Lochaber from ancient times being descended from an ancient chieftain of the MacDonnells of Keppoch who were, in turn, descended from the Lords of the Isles. It has been suggested that the MacKillops or MacGilps may be the sons of Ilpin or Gilpin, in Iam Lom's "Soiidh do'n Ghreumach."

"Some of this name are said to have been standard-bearers to the Campbells of Dunstaffnage, others are included as septs of Macdonald of Glencoe and of Macdonells of Keppoch, and Mackillop also occurs as a surname in Arran. Finlaius Macpilibh, priest of the diocese of Argyll, is in record in 1433, and in 1437 John, son of Fynlaius Prioris Macphilib, appears as perpetual vicar of Kilcalmonell." [1]

The MacPhillip or MacPhillips variant reappears later in history as the first record of the branch was found as "Philip, a son of Fingonius, prior of Iona, who was commemorated on a tombstone in Cladh Reg, Kirkapoll, Tiree, 1495. " [1]

Early History of the MacKillop family

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MacKillop Spelling Variations

In various documents MacKillop has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacKillop, McKillop, MacGilp, McGilp, MacKillip, McKillip, MacGillip, McGillip, MacKillup, McKillup, Kellop, Kellops, Killop, Killup, Gilp, Gillip, Killip, Killips, MacFhilib, MacPhilip and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKillop family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacKillop family to Ireland

Some of the MacKillop family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States MacKillop migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name MacKillop or a variant listed above include:

MacKillop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Mackillop, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1895
MacKillop Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marjory Mackillop, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Fredrick Charles Mackillop, aged 26, who landed in America from Sydney, Australia, in 1914
  • Ian Campbell MacKillop, aged 5, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1921
  • John Mackillop, aged 34, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1921
  • Catherine MacKillop, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKillop (post 1700) +

  • Laura MacKillop, American child actress, known for her role in Tomorrowland (2015)
  • Gabe Mackillop, American special effects supervisor, best known for his work on Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
  • Rob MacKillop (b. 1959), Scottish composer, lutenist, theorbist, vihuelist, and guitarist
  • Mary MacKillop (1842-1909), also known as Saint Mary of the Cross, an Australian Roman Catholic nun, the first recognized Australian saint

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook