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McMullan is an ancient Dalriadan-Scottish nickname 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.

McMullan Early Origins



The surname McMullan 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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McMullan Spelling Variations


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McMullan Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McMullan has been written as MacMillan, MacMullan, MacMullen, McMullen, McMullin, McMullan, McMillan, MacMullin and many more.

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McMullan Early History


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McMullan Early History



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

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McMullan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McMullan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McMullan In Ireland


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McMullan In Ireland



Some of the McMullan 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


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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McMullan or a variant listed above:

McMullan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Malm McMullan, aged 58, landed in North Carolina in 1774

McMullan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McMullan, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Margaret McMullan, aged 41, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Samuel McMullan, aged 13, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • William McMullan, aged 18, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Corns McMullan, who landed in America in 1804
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McMullan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice McMullan, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, in 1906
  • Annie McMullan, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Lisburn, Ireland, in 1907
  • Agnes McMullan, aged 16, who landed in America from Antrim, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bessie McMullan, aged 19, who landed in America from Antrim, Ireland, in 1907
  • Anna McMullan, aged 27, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McMullan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James McMullan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Robert McMullan, aged 24, a shepherd, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • James McMullan, aged 20, a ploughman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name McMullan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McMullan (post 1700)



  • Patrick McMullan, American photographer, columnist, television personality and socialite
  • James McMullan (b. 1934), American illustrator and designer of theatrical posters
  • Kevin "Mac" McMullan, American baseball coach
  • Paul Alexander McMullan (b. 1984), Scottish professional football midfielder
  • Jimmy McMullan (1895-1964), Scottish soccer player
  • Joyce McMullan, Irish All Star winning former Gaelic footballer for Donegal
  • Dominic McMullan (b. 1962), Irish retired sportsperson
  • Michael McMullan, Irish sportscaster and radio presenter
  • Jackie "Teapot" McMullan (b. 1955), former volunteer in the Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • Oliver McMullan, Irish Sinn Féin politician who was elected as an MLA to the Northern Ireland Assembly
  • ... (Another 2 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. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The McMullan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMullan 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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