On the western coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands the MacUilliam family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name William.
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Uilleim,
which means son of William.
Early Origins of the MacUilliam family
The surname MacUilliam was first found in on the Isle of Harris
, 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 Scotland.
Early History of the MacUilliam family
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MacUilliam Spelling Variations
In various documents MacUilliam has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacWilliam, MacQuilliam, MacKilliam, MacWilliams, MacKullie, MacCullie, MacWillie and many more.
Early Notables of the MacUilliam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacUilliam family to Ireland
Some of the MacUilliam family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacUilliam family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name MacUilliam or a variant listed above: Archibald McWilliam settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1773; Alexander, Charles, Daniel, Edward, Felix, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Richard, Thomas and William McWilliam all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..