The ancestors of the Megal family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Megal is a name for someone who lived in Galloway
. The Megal surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill,
which means "son of the stranger."
Early Origins of the Megal family
The surname Megal was first found in 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 Megal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Megal research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1579, 1595, 1582, 1595, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Megal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Megal Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland
. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations
are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Megal has been spelled MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.
Early Notables of the Megal 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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Megal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Megal family to Ireland
Some of the Megal family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 96 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Megal family to the New World and Oceana
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them: Patrick MacGill settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina with Richard, Samuel and William, in 1767; Andrew MacGill settled in Virginia in 1774.
The Megal 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.