The surname McQuillian is derived from the personal name
Hugelin, which is a diminutive of Hugh. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Uighilin.
Early Origins of the McQuillian family
The surname McQuillian was first found in County Antrim
(Irish: Aontroim) located in the province of Ulster
in present day Northern Ireland
, where they were granted lands by Strongbow
after the Anglo/ Norman invasion
in 1172. Specifically, "The MacQuillans were lords of the territory of the Routes, in co. Antrim, holding their chief residence in the fine old sea-girt castle of Dunluce." MacLysaght agrees "The MacQillans are of Norman- Welsh
descent: they settled soon after the invasion in the territory called the Route (co. Antrim.)" CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the McQuillian family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQuillian research.Another 437 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1315, 1442, 1542, 1559, 1750, 1307, 1300 and 1485 are included under the topic Early McQuillian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McQuillian Spelling Variations
During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations
for the name: McQuillan, McQuillen, McQuillian, McQuillin, McQuillon, McCailin, McAilin, MacQuillian, MacQuillon, MacCaillion, MacQuillin, MacQuillan, McKillan, McQuilland, McAiland, McAylin, McCaillion, McKillion, McKillin, McKillon, MacKillan, MacQuilland, MacAyland, MacAilan, Quillan and many more.
Early Notables of the McQuillian family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Malcolm MacQuillan (died 1307) Irish nobleman who was granted safe conduct by the English so he could assail Scottish forces, on Scotland's western seaboard, with his galley fleet in July 1300. However, the invasion force was quickly overwhelmed by local
forces. Malcolm... Another 128 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McQuillian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McQuillian family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name McQuillian:
McQuillian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles, Patrick, and Henry McQuillian all, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852
McQuillian Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William McQuillian, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITANNIA 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Britannia.htm
McQuillian Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary McQuillian, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lorraine" in 1878
Contemporary Notables of the name McQuillian (post 1700)
- Jim McQuillian, Irish darts player at the 1979 BDO World Darts Championship