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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 family lived in Galloway. The Magill surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."
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.
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Magill has appeared as MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.
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.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Magill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:
Magill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Magill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Magill Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
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