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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McWilliam family were born. Their name comes from the personal name William. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Uilleim, which means son of William.

McWilliam Early Origins



The surname McWilliam was first found in on the Isle of Harris, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.

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McWilliam Spelling Variations


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McWilliam Spelling Variations



In various documents McWilliam has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacWilliam, MacQuilliam, MacKilliam, MacWilliams, MacKullie, MacCullie, MacWillie and many more.

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McWilliam Early History


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McWilliam Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McWilliam research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1215, and 1613 are included under the topic Early McWilliam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McWilliam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McWilliam Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McWilliam In Ireland


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McWilliam In Ireland



Some of the McWilliam family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 167 words (12 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



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McWilliam or a variant listed above include:

McWilliam Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William McWilliam, who arrived in Maryland in 1766
  • Arch'd McWilliam, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Janet McWilliam, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Archibald McWilliam settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1773
  • John McWilliam, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McWilliam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McWilliam, who landed in New York in 1800
  • Patrick McWilliam, aged 18, landed in Maine in 1812
  • Christiana McWilliam, who arrived in America in 1845
  • Alexander, Charles, Daniel, Edward, Felix, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Richard, Thomas, and William McWilliam all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

McWilliam Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James McWilliam, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

McWilliam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert McWilliam, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

McWilliam Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth McWilliam arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agra" in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name McWilliam (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McWilliam (post 1700)



  • Richard McWilliam (1953-2013), American entrepreneur, co-founder of Upper Deck Company
  • Laralyn McWilliam (b. 1965), American game designer and video game producer
  • Carey McWilliam (b. 1973), American author, marksman and skydiver
  • Caroline Margaret McWilliam (1945-2010), American actress
  • R. C. McWilliam, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Northumberland County, 1883-84
  • Jonathan McWilliam, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1856
  • Donald A. McWilliam, American politician, Mayor of Glendale, California, 1972-73
  • Blanche McWilliam, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1952
  • Archie McWilliam, American politician, Mayor of Glendale, California, 1944-45
  • Derek McWilliam (b. 1966), former Scottish footballer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McWilliam Historic Events


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McWilliam Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Mcwilliam, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was wounded in action

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Suggested Readings for the name McWilliam


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Suggested Readings for the name McWilliam



  • A Family History by George L. Williams.

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McWilliam Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    11. ...

    The McWilliam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McWilliam 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 14 January 2016 at 09:15.

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