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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McGillis family. The root of their name is a devotion to Christianity. The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios, which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa, meaning son of the servant of Jesus.

McGillis Early Origins



The surname McGillis was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early rolls taken by the Kings of England and Scotland.

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McGillis Spelling Variations


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McGillis Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McGillis has appeared in various documents spelled MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.

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McGillis Early History


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McGillis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGillis research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGillis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGillis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGillis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGillis Notables 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



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McGillis or a variant listed above:

McGillis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George and Catherine McGillis settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Donald McGillis, who arrived in New York in 1773
  • George McGillis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • John McGillis, who arrived in New York in 1773

McGillis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Donald McGillis Jr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Charlottesburgh [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1784 [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
  • Lieut. John McGillis Sr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Charlottesburgh [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Captain Talloway's Company of Highland Volunteers, became a blacksmith [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

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGillis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGillis (post 1700)



  • Kelly Ann McGillis (b. 1957), American Golden Globe nominated actress, best known for her roles in Top Gun, The Accused, and Witness
  • John D. McGillis, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 12th District, 1936; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1938
  • Tom McGillis, Canadian Canadian Screen Award and Gemini Award nominated producer and writer
  • Daniel Stewart "Dan" McGillis (b. 1972), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman who played 1996 to 2010
  • Angus McGillis (1874-1944), Canadian farmer and politician on Ontario who represented Glengarry in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1926 to 1929

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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

Other References

  1. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The McGillis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGillis 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 7 June 2016 at 12:22.

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