It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Megyle. It was a name for someone who lived in Galloway
. The Megyle surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill,
which means "son of the stranger."
Early Origins of the Megyle family
The surname Megyle 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 Megyle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Megyle research.Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1579, 1595, 1582, 1595, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Megyle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Megyle Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Megyle has been spelled MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.
Early Notables of the Megyle 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 Megyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Megyle family to Ireland
Some of the Megyle family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 251 words (18 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 Megyle family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. 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 Megyle 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.