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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The name Magill was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Magill to use this name no doubt lived in Galloway. The Magill surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."

Magill Early Origins



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.

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Magill Spelling Variations


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Magill Spelling Variations



Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Magill has been spelled MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.

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Magill Early History


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Magill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magill research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1579 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Magill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Magill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Magill Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Magill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Magill In Ireland


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Magill In Ireland



Some of the Magill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words (13 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


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The Great Migration



The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Magill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

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

Magill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Magill 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Magill (post 1700)


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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
  • Ronan Magill (b. 1954), British concert pianist and composer
  • Santiago Magill (b. 1977), Peruvian actor
  • Edward James Magill (b. 1939), Northern Irish former footballer
  • Charles Magill (1816-1898), member of the 1st Canadian Parliament and mayor of Hamilton in 1854-55
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Sine fine
Motto Translation: Without end.


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Magill Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    9. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    The Magill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Magill 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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