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The ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McMullen is a 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.

McMullen Early Origins



The surname McMullen 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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McMullen Spelling Variations


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McMullen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McMullen has appeared in various documents spelled MacMillan, MacMullan, MacMullen, McMullen, McMullin, McMullan, McMillan, MacMullin and many more.

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McMullen Early History


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McMullen Early History



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

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McMullen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McMullen Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McMullen In Ireland


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McMullen In Ireland



Some of the McMullen 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



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McMullen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel McMullen, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Alexander McMullen, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Elizabeth McMullen, who arrived in St Augustine, Fl in 1786

McMullen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew McMullen, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1800
  • Samuel McMullen, who landed in America in 1800
  • Margaret McMullen, aged 41, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Martha McMullen, who landed in America in 1805
  • Mary McMullen, who arrived in America in 1805
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McMullen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes McMullen, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1903
  • Annie McMullen, aged 43, who settled in America from Campbell, in 1906
  • Alice McMullen, aged 7, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1912
  • Annie McMullen, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1912
  • Alan McMullen, aged 48, who landed in America from Kingstown, Ireland, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McMullen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lieut. Daniel McMullen U.E. (b. 1753) who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Sir John Johnstons Corps under Captain Singletons Company, married to Catherine Detlor having 6 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Daniel McMullen U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McMullen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McMullen, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John McMullen, aged 19, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Jane McMullen, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland

McMullen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine McMullen, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"
  • Michael McMullen, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Margaret J. McMullen, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Jane McMullen, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

McMullen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George McMullen, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Ellen McMullen, aged 21, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
  • Sarah McMullen, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
  • Denis McMullen, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name McMullen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McMullen (post 1700)



  • Richard Cann McMullen (1868-1944), American manufacturer and politician, Governor of Delaware (1937-1941)
  • Wilbur "Billy" Anthony McMullen Jr. (b. 1980), American NFL football wide receiver
  • John McMullen (1832-1883), Irish-born, American clergyman of the Catholic Church, 1st Bishop of the Diocese of Davenport (1881-1883)
  • Kenneth Lee McMullen (b. 1942), American former Major League Baseball third baseman who played from 1962 through 1977
  • John J. McMullen Ph.D (1918-2005), American naval architect and marine engineer, founder of the engineering firm John J. McMullen & Associates, former owner of the New Jersey Devils and Houston Astros
  • LaFayette "Fayette" McMullen (1805-1880), American politician, driver, teamster and banker, 2nd Territorial Governor of Washington (1857-1859)
  • Major-General Clements McMullen (1892-1959), American Commanding General Kelly Air Force Base (1948-1954)
  • Richard Cann McMullen (1868-1944), American manufacturer and politician, Governor of Delaware (1937-1941)
  • Richard J. McMullen (1918-1978), American businessman, president of the Olean Lumber Company from 1947-1963
  • Curtis Tracy McMullen (b. 1958), American mathematician awarded the Fields Medal in 1998, and elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McMullen Historic Events


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McMullen Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Colin William Mcmullen (b. 1907), DSC & Bar,, English Lieutenant Commander (G) from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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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



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  2. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

The McMullen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMullen 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 22 September 2016 at 00:42.

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