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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. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. 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.
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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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.

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