Today's generation of the McGirl family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts
. The first family to use the name McGirl lived in the lands of Cargill in east Perthshire
where the family at one time had extensive territories.
Early Origins of the McGirl family
The surname McGirl was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
. Cargill is a parish containing, with the villages of Burreltown, Wolfhill, and Woodside. "This place, of which the name, of Celtic origin, signifies a village with a church, originally formed a portion of the parish of Cupar-Angus, from which, according to ancient records, it was separated prior to the year 1514." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the McGirl family
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McGirl Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. McGirl has appeared Cargill, Cargille, Carnigill, Cargile, Kergylle, Cargyle, Carrigle, McGirl and many more.
Early Notables of the McGirl family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGirl family to Ireland
Some of the McGirl family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McGirl family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name McGirl:
McGirl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Annie McGirl, aged 11, who landed in America from Co Letrim, Ireland, in 1892
- Charles McGirl, aged 21, who settled in America from Drumshambo, in 1899
- Micheal McGirl, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Dreemeyne, in 1899
McGirl Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- James McGirl, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Cavan, in 1901
- Mary Ellen McGirl, aged 19, who landed in America from Drumohanbo, in 1903
- Margaret McGirl, aged 16, who landed in America from Shannon, in 1904
- Mary McGirl, aged 21, who landed in America from Leitrim, in 1904
- Mary McGirl, aged 21, who settled in America from Shannon, in 1904
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Contemporary Notables of the name McGirl (post 1700)
- John Joe McGirl (1921-1988), Irish republican politician
The McGirl 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: Domino confido
Motto Translation: Confide in the Lord.