The McGillian surname is a reduced Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic Mac Gille Fhaoláin, which means "son of the servant of St Faolán." While the name may have originated in Ireland
, this line was extant by the beginning of the 17th century, only to find many of the family to return to Ireland
about 100 years later with the Plantation of Ulster
Early Origins of the McGillian family
The surname McGillian was first found in Midlothian
, where Gilbert McGillelane or McGillolane was listed as captain of Clan
Connan of Galloway
during the reign of David II (1324-1371). Also during this time, Ingeram M'Gillelan held a lease of lands in the barony of Redcastle in 1372. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the McGillian family
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McGillian Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gilleland, Gillieland, Gillsland, Gilsland, Gillesland, Gillerlaine, Gillerland, Gillisland, Gillan, Gillander, Gilander, MacGillanders and many more.
Early Notables of the McGillian family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGillian family to Ireland
Some of the McGillian family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McGillian family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McGillian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Berno McGillian, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Perry, in 1898
McGillian Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Eugene F. McGillian, aged 11, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1900
- Lauretta McGillian, aged 10, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1900
- Mary A. McGillian, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1900
- Kate McGillian, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Draperstrin, Ireland, in 1908
Contemporary Notables of the name McGillian (post 1700)
- Kevin McGillian, Irish traditional musician from Legfordrum, County Tyrone, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Hall of Fame inductee (2001)