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The rugged western mountains of Scotland's coastline and the Hebrides islands were home to the ancestors of the MacMillan family. MacMillan was originally a name for a bald person; the name may refer to a member of a religious order. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Mhaolain or Mac Ghille Mhaoil, both of which mean son of the bald or tonsured one.

However, the origins of the Clan have been shrouded in uncertainty, largely as a result of historians of the Clan Buchanan, and their insistence that both Clans have a common ancestry. Buchanan of Auchmar says that the MacMillans are descended from Methlan, second son of Anselan, a Buchanan Chief of the thirteenth century. His theory supports the Buchanan claim that the MacMillans are but a sept (sub-Clan) of the Buchanan rather than a Clan in their own right. This theory is supported by the contention that both Clans have an ecclesiastical origin: MacMillan being Anglicized from Maolanach, meaning a 'priest.' However, tradition may more properly ascribe the origin from a particular tribe in Moray that has descended from the ancient Pictish tribe of Kanteai, thought to have existed in the first half of the second century AD.

MacMillan Early Origins



The surname MacMillan was first found in at Tayside, where in 1263 Cilleonan MacMolan appears on documents. They arrived in Strathtay from the lands in Loch Arkaig after King Malcolm IV transplanted many Clans, including the MacMillans, from that region about 1160 AD. Later, about 1350, the Camerons, who had changed their name to Chalmers, drove them from their Strathtay territories.

In vacating the Strathtay, the Clan branched to many other areas, including Lochaber, Argyll and Galloway. The senior branch, however, were the MacMillans of Knapdale, and they held a grant from the Lord of the Isles inscribed in Latin on a rock at Knap: 'MacMillan's right to Knap shall be, as long as this rock withstands the sea.'

Malcolm Mor MacMillan had received this rock by the 14th century. His grandson Lachlan MacMillan died at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411. Lachlan's son, Alan MacMillan of Knap, married the McNeill heiress and took over the Castle Sween. He erected a cross, which still stands to this day in Kilmory churchyard. The cross stands better than twelve feet high and is elaborately engraved, showing a Highland Chief hunting a deer on one side, and a claymore surmounted by certain Clan members on the other.


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MacMillan Spelling Variations


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MacMillan Spelling Variations



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. MacMillan has been spelled MacMillan, MacMullan, MacMullen, McMullen, McMullin, McMullan, McMillan, MacMullin and many more.

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MacMillan Early History


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MacMillan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacMillan research. Another 466 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1790, and 1897 are included under the topic Early MacMillan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacMillan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacMillan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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MacMillan In Ireland


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MacMillan In Ireland



Some of the MacMillan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name MacMillan arrived in North America very early:

MacMillan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William MacMillan, aged 25, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Archie MacMillan, who landed in Colorado in 1884
  • Henry A MacMillan, who arrived in Colorado in 1885

MacMillan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Macmillan, who landed in Arkansas in 1903

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacMillan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacMillan (post 1700)



  • Duncan MacMillan, American mathematician, philanthropist, and businessman, one of the four founders of Bloomberg L.P
  • Shannon MacMillan (b. 1974), American gold and silver medalist soccer player, member of the United States National Team (1994-2006), awarded the MAC Hermann Trophy Award in 1995
  • Whitney MacMillan (1929-1976), American heir, businessman, philanthropist and rancher, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of his family business, Cargill (1976-1995)
  • Donald Baxter MacMillan (1874-1970), American Arctic explorer, sailor, researcher and lecturer who made over 30 expeditions to the Arctic
  • William Duncan MacMillan (1871-1948), American mathematician and astronomer. The crater MacMillan on the Moon is named in his honor
  • Malcolm Kenneth Macmillan (1913-1978), Scottish Labour Party politician and journalist, Member of Parliament for Western Isles (1935-1970)
  • Wing Commander Norman Macmillan OBE, MC, AFC, DL (1892-1976), Scottish pilot and author
  • John Duncan Macmillan FRSA FRSE HRSA, Scottish art historian
  • Iain Stewart Macmillan (1938-2006), Scottish photographer, best known for his cover photograph for The Beatles' album Abbey Road in 1969
  • William Miller Macmillan (1885-1974), Scottish historian
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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MacMillan Historic Events


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MacMillan Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Macmillan, British Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Macmillan, British Wireless Operator, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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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: Miseris succurrere disco
Motto Translation: I learn to succour the distressed.


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MacMillan Clan Badge


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MacMillan Clan Badge




MacMillan Clan Badge
MacMillan Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacMillan
Bagster, Bakster, Baxstair, Baxstare, Baxster, Baxter, Bleu, Blew, Blewe, Blue, Giligorm, Gilligorm, Gorm, MacBaxter, MacGhilleMhaolain, MacMelen, MacMellan, MacMelland, MacMellane, MacMellant, MacMellen, MacMellend, MacMellent, MacMellind, MacMellint, MacMellyn, MacMellynd, MacMilain, MacMilan, MacMiland, MacMilane, MacMilant, MacMilen, MacMilend, MacMilent, MacMilian, MacMilin, MacMilind, MacMilint, MacMillain, MacMillan, MacMilland, MacMillane, MacMillant, MacMillen, MacMillend, MacMillent, MacMillian, MacMilliand, MacMilliane and more.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    11. ...

    The MacMillan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacMillan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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