MacKle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name MacKle were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Galloway. The MacKle surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."

Early Origins of the MacKle family

The surname MacKle was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), 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 MacKle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKle research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1579, 1595, 1582, 1595, 1734 and are included under the topic Early MacKle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacKle Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. MacKle has appeared as MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.

Early Notables of the MacKle family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir James MacGill of Nether Rankeillour (died 1579), a Scottish politician, Lord Clerk Register to Mary, Queen of Scots; and his son, David MacGill or Makgill (died...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacKle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the MacKle family to Ireland

Some of the MacKle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 96 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States MacKle migration to the United States +

As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

MacKle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Mackle, who landed in America in 1810 [1]

Australia MacKle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

MacKle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellen MacKle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]
  • James MacKle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]
  • Mary MacKle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]
  • Margaret Mackle, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKle (post 1700) +

  • Don Mackle, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1990 [3]


The MacKle 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: Sine fine
Motto Translation: Without end.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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