MacWilliamson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name MacWilliamson. It is derived from the personal name William. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Uilleim, which means son of William.

Early Origins of the MacWilliamson family

The surname MacWilliamson 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 MacWilliamson family

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

MacWilliamson Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. MacWilliamson has appeared as MacWilliam, MacQuilliam, MacKilliam, MacWilliams, MacKullie, MacCullie, MacWillie and many more.

Early Notables of the MacWilliamson family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacWilliamson family to Ireland

Some of the MacWilliamson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacWilliamson family

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The MacWilliamson were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: 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..



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