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The McWilliams family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McWilliams is derived from the personal name William. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Uilleim, which means son of William.

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The surname McWilliams 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.

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McWilliams include MacWilliam, MacQuilliam, MacKilliam, MacWilliams, MacKullie, MacCullie, MacWillie and many more.


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

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Some of the McWilliams 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 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 McWilliams arrived in North America very early:

McWilliams Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane McWilliams, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771
  • Archibald McWilliams, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772
  • Elizabeth McWilliams, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1775
  • George McWilliams, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1775
  • Janet McWilliams, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1775

McWilliams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McWilliams, who landed in America in 1811
  • David McWilliams, aged 17, landed in New York in 1812
  • William McWilliams, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Nicholas McWilliams, who arrived in Maryland in 1817
  • James McWilliams, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
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McWilliams Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John McWilliams U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], 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

McWilliams Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McWilliams, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Donald McWilliams, aged 27, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Felix McWilliams, aged 25, arrived in Quebec in 1834

McWilliams Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McWilliams arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849
  • Charles McWilliams (aged 31) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"
  • Nancy McWilliams, aged 34, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian"

McWilliams Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James McWilliams, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Rose McWilliams, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Thomas McWilliams, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Agnes McWilliams, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • James McWilliams, aged 4, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
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  • Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, German-born, American actress, known for The Lake House (2006), One Small Hitch (2013) and Herd Mentality (2011)
  • Wilson Carey McWilliams (1933-2005), American political scientist at Rutgers University
  • Johnny McWilliams (b. 1972), former American NFL football tight end who played from 1996 to 2000
  • Caroline Margaret McWilliams (1945-2010), American actress, best known for her role as Marcy Hill on the television series Soap
  • William Henry "Bill" McWilliams (1910-1997), American Major League Baseball player who played for the Boston Red Sox in 1931
  • Robert Hugh McWilliams Jr. (1916-2013), American judge, US Court of Appeals 10th Circuit (19701984), Colorado Supreme Court (19611970)
  • Julia Carolyn McWilliams (1912-2004), birth name of Julia Child, American chef, author, and television personality, recipient of the three Emmys, five more Emmy nominations and a Peabody Award
  • Larry McWilliams (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1978 to 1990
  • John McWilliams, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Coatesville, Pennsylvania, 1885-90
  • John Dacher McWilliams (1891-1975), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1943-45; Defeated, 1944
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McWilliams Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Robert McWilliams, British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
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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. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. 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.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The McWilliams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McWilliams 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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