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The rugged western mountains of Scotland's coastline and the Hebrides islands were home to the ancestors of the McMillen family. McMillen was originally a name for a bald person; the name may refer to a member of a religious order. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Mhaolain or Mac Ghille Mhaoil, both of which mean son of the bald or tonsured one.

However, the origins of the Clan have been shrouded in uncertainty, largely as a result of historians of the Clan Buchanan, and their insistence that both Clans have a common ancestry. Buchanan of Auchmar says that the MacMillans are descended from Methlan, second son of Anselan, a Buchanan Chief of the thirteenth century. His theory supports the Buchanan claim that the MacMillans are but a sept (sub-Clan) of the Buchanan rather than a Clan in their own right. This theory is supported by the contention that both Clans have an ecclesiastical origin: MacMillan being Anglicized from Maolanach, meaning a 'priest.' However, tradition may more properly ascribe the origin from a particular tribe in Moray that has descended from the ancient Pictish tribe of Kanteai, thought to have existed in the first half of the second century AD.

McMillen Early Origins



The surname McMillen was first found in at Tayside, where in 1263 Cilleonan MacMolan appears on documents. They arrived in Strathtay from the lands in Loch Arkaig after King Malcolm IV transplanted many Clans, including the MacMillans, from that region about 1160 AD. Later, about 1350, the Camerons, who had changed their name to Chalmers, drove them from their Strathtay territories.

In vacating the Strathtay, the Clan branched to many other areas, including Lochaber, Argyll and Galloway. The senior branch, however, were the MacMillans of Knapdale, and they held a grant from the Lord of the Isles inscribed in Latin on a rock at Knap: 'MacMillan's right to Knap shall be, as long as this rock withstands the sea.'

Malcolm Mor MacMillan had received this rock by the 14th century. His grandson Lachlan MacMillan died at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411. Lachlan's son, Alan MacMillan of Knap, married the McNeill heiress and took over the Castle Sween. He erected a cross, which still stands to this day in Kilmory churchyard. The cross stands better than twelve feet high and is elaborately engraved, showing a Highland Chief hunting a deer on one side, and a claymore surmounted by certain Clan members on the other.


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McMillen Spelling Variations


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McMillen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McMillen has been spelled MacMillan, MacMullan, MacMullen, McMullen, McMullin, McMullan, McMillan, MacMullin and many more.

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McMillen Early History


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McMillen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMillen research. Another 466 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1790, and 1897 are included under the topic Early McMillen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McMillen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McMillen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McMillen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McMillen In Ireland


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McMillen In Ireland



Some of the McMillen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McMillen arrived in North America very early:

McMillen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McMillen, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Alexander McMillen, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • J. C. McMillen, aged 32, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1892
  • James B McMillen, who landed in Mississippi in 1895

McMillen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emily McMillen, aged 43, who emigrated to Minnesota, in 1904
  • Charlotte McMillen, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Motherwell, in 1906
  • William F. McMillen, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Wm. J. S. McMillen, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Isabella McMillen, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McMillen Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Percy E McMillen, aged 36, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1909
  • Anthony John McMillen, aged 53, who emigrated to Rossland, Canada, in 1912
  • Dora L. McMillen, aged 34, who settled in Ontario, Canada, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name McMillen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McMillen (post 1700)



  • Thomas Roberts McMillen (1916-2002), United States federal judge
  • Neil R. McMillen, American historian, and professor emeritus at University of Southern Mississippi, awarded the 1990 Bancroft Prize and was 1990 Pulitzer Prize finalist
  • Loring McMillen (1906-1991), American historian, Staten Island's official historian
  • Edmund McMillen (b. 1980), American video game designer and artist
  • Dale Wilmore McMillen (1880-1971), American proponent of the use of feed supplements in animal husbandry, founder of Wayne Feeds and Central Soya
  • Robert James "Bob" McMillen Jr. (b. 1970), American former arena football fullback/linebacker
  • William Linn McMillen (1829-1902), American surgeon and army general
  • Rolla Coral McMillen (1880-1961), American politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois (1944-1949) and (1949-1951)
  • James "Jim" McMillen (1902-1984), American football player for the Chicago Bears (1924-1928)
  • Charles Thomas "Tom" McMillen (b. 1952), American retired NBA professional basketball player and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland (1987-1993)
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Miseris succurrere disco
Motto Translation: I learn to succour the distressed.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. 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.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. 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).
    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. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The McMillen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMillen 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 2 November 2016 at 12:39.

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