Scotland, the first people to use Mechel as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Galloway. The Mechel surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."
Early Origins of the Mechel family
Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Mechel family
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Mechel Spelling Variations
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Mechel has been spelled MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.
Early Notables of the Mechel family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir James MacGill of Nether Rankeillour (died 1579), a Scottish politician, Lord Clerk Register to Mary, Queen of Scots; and his son, David MacGill or Makgill (died...
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Migration of the Mechel family to Ireland
Some of the Mechel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Mechel family to the New World and Oceana
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
Mechel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Mechel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Mechel 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: Sine fine
Motto Translation: Without end.
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