Welsh name McGillan go back to those ancient Celts known as the Britons that once occupied the hills and Moors of Wales. This old Welsh surname is from the personal name Gwilliam, which is a Welsh form of the name William.
Early Origins of the McGillan family
family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the McGillan family
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McGillan Spelling Variations
Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name McGillan have included Gwilliam, Gwuilliam, Guilliam and others.
Early Notables of the McGillan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGillan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McGillan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name McGillan (post 1700)
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