MacWilliams History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

On the Scottish west coast, the MacWilliams 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 MacWilliams family

The surname MacWilliams 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.

Important Dates for the MacWilliams family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacWilliams research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1215, and 1613 are included under the topic Early MacWilliams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacWilliams Spelling Variations

In various documents MacWilliams 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 MacWilliams family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early MacWilliams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the MacWilliams family to Ireland

Some of the MacWilliams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacWilliams migration to Australia

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

MacWilliams Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Rebecca MacWilliams, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name MacWilliams (post 1700)

  • Dave MacWilliams (b. 1957), retired American soccer forward and head coach
  • Florence Jessie MacWilliams (1917-1990), English mathematician who contributed to the field of coding theory

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Citations

  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
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