Hebrides islands were known in ancient times as the kingdom of Dalriada. The name McGilton evolved there as a nickname for a person noted as possessing great wisdom, or an elderly person. The surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic name O Seanain, which comes from the word sean, which has the double meaning of old and wise.
Early Origins of the McGilton family
Kintyre, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McGilton family
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McGilton Spelling Variations
spelling variations. In various documents McGilton has been spelled Shannon, Shennan, Shennane and others.
Early Notables of the McGilton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGilton family to Ireland
Some of the McGilton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McGilton family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McGilton were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
McGilton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McGilton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name McGilton (post 1700)
The McGilton Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute Duce
Motto Translation: With virtue for guide.
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