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McGilp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McGilp family were born. Their name comes from the personal name Philip, which is originally derived from the Greek personal name Philippos, which means horse-lover. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fhilib, meaning son of Philip. The f is aspirated in the genitive case, causing it to disappear.

Early Origins of the McGilp family

The surname McGilp was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat at Brae Lochaber from ancient times being descended from an ancient chieftain of the MacDonnells of Keppoch who were, in turn, descended from the Lords of the Isles. It has been suggested that the MacKillops or MacGilps may be the sons of Ilpin or Gilpin, in Iam Lom's "Soiidh do'n Ghreumach.".

Early History of the McGilp family

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McGilp Spelling Variations

In various documents McGilp has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacKillop, McKillop, MacGilp, McGilp, MacKillip, McKillip, MacGillip, McGillip, MacKillup, McKillup, Kellop, Kellops, Killop, Killup, Gilp, Gillip, Killip and many more.

Early Notables of the McGilp family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McGilp family to Ireland

Some of the McGilp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McGilp family to the New World and Oceana

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McGilp or a variant listed above include: John McKillop arrived in Boston Mass in 1767; Hugh McKillop arrived in Pennsylvania in 1833; Robert McKillup arrived in Pennsylvania in 1839.

Contemporary Notables of the name McGilp (post 1700)

  • John Neil McGilp OBE (1881-1963), Australian pastoralist and amateur ornithologist, founding member of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union

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