Millar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the Millar family show that the name was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for a person who lived in the county of Dumfries.

Early Origins of the Millar family

The surname Millar was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where the Millar family held a family seat from ancient times. One line had its ancestral seat at Dalswinton, Dumfriesshire. During the Middle Ages, occupational names were frequently recorded in Latin; thus, one who worked at a mill would have been documented under the name Milendinarius, Le Molendinator, or De Molendino. The modern spellings "Miller" and "Millar" came into general use about 1500; earlier documents usually show the name in Latin.

Early History of the Millar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millar research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1253 is included under the topic Early Millar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Millar Spelling Variations

The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Millar has been spelled Miller, Millar, Myllar, Mylar, Millare, Myllair and many more.

Early Notables of the Millar family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Millar family to Ireland

Some of the Millar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Millar migration to the United States +

The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

Millar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Millar, who settled in Maryland in 1714
  • Daniel Millar, who landed in Maryland in 1714 [1]
  • Maria Madlena Millar, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Abraham Millar, aged 22, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • George Millar, who was recorded as a runaway servant, convict, or slave in Delaware in 1754
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Millar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Millar, who landed in New York in 1805 [1]
  • Hugh Millar, who immigrated to New York in 1806
  • William Millar, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [1]
  • Robert Millar, who arrived in New York in 1837 [1]
  • Jacob Cryauff Millar, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Millar migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Millar Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Millar, who arrived in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1705 [2]
  • Patrick Millar, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Isaac Millar, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Millar Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Millar, who emigrated from Scotland to Montréal in 1825

Australia Millar migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Millar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Millar, (Miller), Scottish convict who was convicted in Ayr, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 13th March 1828, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • James Millar, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Peter Millar, (b. 1819), aged 16, British Convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [5]
  • Mr. Henry Millar, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 24th March 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Millar, (b. 1822), aged 17, Scottish tailor who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Millar migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Millar Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Millar, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Philip Laing" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 15th April 1848 [8]
  • Mrs. Millar, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Philip Laing" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 15th April 1848 [8]
  • John Millar, aged 48, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Mary Millar, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Ellen Millar, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Millar (post 1700) +

  • Huntly D. Millar (1927-2016), Canadian founder and CEO of Millar, Inc., an American medical inovator
  • John Donald Millar (1934-2015), American physician and public health administrator, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (1981-1993)
  • Peter Millar (1951-2013), Scottish-American soccer forward
  • Ryan Millar (b. 1978), American seven-time gold medalist volleyball player
  • Margaret Millar (1915-1994), Canadian-born, American mystery and suspense writer
  • Kevin Millar (b. 1971), retired American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • E. Roy Millar, American Republican politician, Candidate for supervisor of Shelby Township, Michigan, 1933 [9]
  • Duncan R. Millar, American politician, Village President of Wayne, Michigan, 1955-56, 1960 [9]
  • David L. Millar, American politician, Mayor of University City, Missouri, 1937 [9]
  • Charles A. Millar (b. 1915), American Democrat politician, Chair of Mineral County Democratic Party, 1946-50, 1961-63; Member of West Virginia State Senate 16th District, 1961-64 [9]
  • ... (Another 43 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • James Millar (d. 1942), British Boy 1st Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Robert Robinson Millar (1925-1942), Irish Ordinary Seaman from Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942 [11]
  • Mr. Peter J W H Millar, British Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [11]
  • Mr. James Millar (1925-1942), Irish Boy from Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Cornwall and was lost in 1942 [11]
  • Mr. George Millar, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942 [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Hugh Millar (1916-1998), born in Belfast, Ireland, Irish Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Margaret Millar, English 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Robert Millar (d. 1912), aged 27, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Thomas Millar (d. 1912), aged 33, English Extra Fifth Engineer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [14]


The Millar 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: Manent optima coelo
Motto Translation: The best things await us in heaven.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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