Magill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This name is derived from either the Scottish Gaelic "Mac Gille," or the Irish Gaelic "Mac Giolla." In either case, the name was thought to be created from the occupation of being a servant.

Early Origins of the Magill family

The surname Magill 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 Magill family

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Magill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.

Early Notables of the Magill family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Magill family to Ireland

Some of the Magill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Magill migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Magill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Magill, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Daniel Magill, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • William Magill, who arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1817 [1]
  • John Magill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • Joseph Magill, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Magill migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Magill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Magill, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
Magill Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • H Magill, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

New Zealand Magill migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Magill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Eliza Magill, (b. 1847), aged 21, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [2]
  • Mr. John Magill, (b. 1855), aged 19, Irish farm labourer, from Antrim travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Magill (post 1700) +

  • Alan Jon Magill (1953-2015), American medical researcher, Director of Malaria Programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Daniel Hamilton "Dan" Magill Jr. (1921-2014), American Sports Information Director, Head Tennis Coach, and Georgia Bulldog Club secretary for the University of Georgia
  • Juliette Augusta Magill (1806-1870), American historian and writer
  • Charles Magill (1759-1827), American lawyer, politician, and judge
  • Charles Michael "Mike" Magill (1920-2006), American racecar driver
  • Elizabeth Magill (b. 1959), Irish painter
  • Edward James Magill (b. 1939), Northern Irish former footballer
  • Sir Ivan Whiteside Magill (1888-1986), Irish born anaesthetist
  • Mrs. Ani Magill C.B.E., British Executive Headteacher for St. John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School in Woking was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to Education
  • Dr. Julia Rose Magill M.B.E., British recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Education [3]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Magill 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: In Domino confido
Motto Translation: I trust in the Lord.


  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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