Makgill 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 Makgill family

The surname Makgill 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 Makgill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Makgill research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1231 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Makgill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Makgill Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Makgill family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Makgill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Makgill family to Ireland

Some of the Makgill 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.

Migration of the Makgill family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Patrick Richard, Samuel and William MacGill, who all settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina with in 1767; Arthur McGill was on record in Prince Edward Island in 1830 as an Irish immigrant.



The Makgill 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.


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