McWillie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McWillie family. Their name is derived from the personal name William. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Uilleim, which means son of William.
Early Origins of the McWillie family
The surname McWillie 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.
Important Dates for the McWillie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McWillie research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1215, and 1613 are included under the topic Early McWillie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McWillie 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. McWillie has appeared in various documents spelled MacWilliam, MacQuilliam, MacKilliam, MacWilliams, MacKullie, MacCullie, MacWillie and many more.
Early Notables of the McWillie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McWillie family to Ireland
Some of the McWillie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McWillie family
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 McWillie or a variant listed above include: Archibald McWilliam settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1773; Alexander, Charles, Daniel, Edward, Felix, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Richard, Thomas and William McWilliam all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
Contemporary Notables of the name McWillie (post 1700)
- Adam McWillie (1821-1861), American military captain in the Mexican-American War
- William McWillie (1795-1869), American twenty-second governor of Mississippi
- William McWillie (1795-1869), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1836-40; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 3rd District, 1849-51; Defeated, 1850; Governor of Mississippi, 1857-59 
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