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An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name McGill. They lived in Galloway. The McGill surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."

McGill Early Origins



The surname McGill 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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McGill Spelling Variations


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McGill Spelling Variations



Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. McGill has been spelled MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.

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McGill Early History


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McGill Early History



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

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McGill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGill Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McGill In Ireland


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McGill In Ireland



Some of the McGill 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



For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

McGill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald McGill, who landed in North Carolina in 1740
  • Andrew McGill, aged 25, landed in Virginia in 1774
  • James McGill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

McGill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert McGill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Hugh McGill, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Daniel McGill, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anthony McGill, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Samuel McGill, who landed in America in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John McGill U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784, then resettled in Niagara, he served in the Queens Rangers, he became a Freeman in 1785, died in 1834 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McGill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter McGill, who landed in Canada in 1821
  • Thomas McGill, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • John McGill, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834

McGill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary McGill, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • Jane McGill, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • William McGill, aged 29, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • Janes McGill, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

McGill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John McGill, aged 38, a farm servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Lillias McGill, aged 37, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • John McGill, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Archibald McGill, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • David McGill, aged 15, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGill (post 1700)



  • Ralph Waldo Emerson McGill (1898-1969), American journalist, Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper editor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • William James McGill (1922-1997), American psychologist, author and academic administrator
  • John McGill (1809-1872), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Richmond from 1850 until his death in 1872
  • David McGill, American Grammy Award-winning bassoonist
  • Bryant Harrison McGill (b. 1969), American editor and author from Mobile, Alabama
  • Bill "The Hill" McGill (b. 1939), retired American NBA and ABA basketball player
  • Andrew Ryan McGill (1840-1905), American politician, the tenth Governor of Minnesota (1887-1889)
  • Bruce Travis McGill (b. 1950), American actor, best known for his role as Jack Dalton on the television series MacGyver
  • Amanda McGill, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2008
  • Alexander Taggart McGill (1845-1900), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1874-75; Candidate for Governor of New Jersey, 1895
  • ... (Another 42 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McGill Historic Events


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McGill Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Frances Eugene  McGill, née Long, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Robert H Mcgill, British Ordinary Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name McGill


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Suggested Readings for the name McGill



  • Four Generation of Charles Magill of Ireland by Donald Gary Magill.

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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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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835

Other References

  1. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  8. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The McGill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGill 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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