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The ancestors of the McDill family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the personal name Dougal. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill and literally means son of Dougal.

McDill Early Origins



The surname McDill 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 were descended from Dugall eldest son of Somerled, first Lord of the Isles, and his son Duncan who received the lands of Lorn.The Clan was a bitter foe of Robert the Bruce, who made a narrow escape during one battle with the MacDougals only by discarding his cloak. The brooch of this cloak, now known as the Brooch of Lorn, is a treasured possession of the Chief of the Clan. The Clan faced heavy retaliation and was stripped of their lands once Robert the Bruce secured the Scottish throne. The lands were restored to the Clan upon the death of the king, but passed to the Stewarts in 1388 when the last member of the senior branch of MacDougals died without issue.

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McDill Spelling Variations


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McDill Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name McDill include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacDougall, MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill and many more.

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McDill Early History


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McDill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDill research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1244 and 1316 are included under the topic Early McDill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McDill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McDill Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McDill In Ireland


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McDill In Ireland



Some of the McDill 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McDill or a variant listed above:

McDill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel McDill, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Thomas McDill, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

McDill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • R. McDill, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1901
  • Alice McDill, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Alexander McDill, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Jane A. McDill, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • John H. McDill, aged 5, who emigrated to America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McDill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David McDill, aged 44, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McDill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McDill (post 1700)



  • Rev Dr. David McDill D.D. (b. 1826), minister of the United Presbyterian Church, professor at both Monmouth College and Xenia Theological Seminary
  • Alexander Stuart McDill (1822-1875), American politician, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
  • Allen Gabriel McDill (b. 1971), American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • Robert Lee "Bob" McDill (b. 1944), American country music songwriter
  • James Wilson McDill (1834-1894), American politician, U.S. Representative and Senator from Iowa
  • Jeffrey Donald McDill (b. 1956), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey right winger

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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: Buaidh no bąs
Motto Translation: Victory or death


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The McDill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDill 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 May 2015 at 08:10.

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