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The ancient Scottish name Meskill was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Galloway. The Meskill surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."

Meskill Early Origins



The surname Meskill 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.

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Meskill Spelling Variations


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Meskill 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. Meskill has been spelled MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.

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Meskill Early History


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Meskill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meskill research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1579 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Meskill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meskill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meskill Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meskill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meskill In Ireland


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Meskill In Ireland



Some of the Meskill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words (13 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 Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. 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:

Meskill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Meskill, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855

Meskill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Meskill, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Simon Meskill, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Jane Meskill, aged 20, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meskill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meskill (post 1700)



  • Thomas Joseph Meskill (1928-2007), American judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the 82nd Governor of Connecticut

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    5. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    11. ...

    The Meskill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meskill 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 December 2014 at 17:38.

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