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Originally, Millen was a nickname for a bald person; the name may refer to a member of a religious order. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Mhaolain or Mac Ghille Mhaoil, both of which mean son of the bald or tonsured one.

However, the origins of the Clan have been shrouded in uncertainty, largely as a result of historians of the Clan Buchanan, and their insistence that both Clans have a common ancestry. Buchanan of Auchmar says that the MacMillans are descended from Methlan, second son of Anselan, a Buchanan Chief of the thirteenth century. His theory supports the Buchanan claim that the MacMillans are but a sept (sub-Clan) of the Buchanan rather than a Clan in their own right. This theory is supported by the contention that both Clans have an ecclesiastical origin: MacMillan being Anglicized from Maolanach, meaning a 'priest.' However, tradition may more properly ascribe the origin from a particular tribe in Moray that has descended from the ancient Pictish tribe of Kanteai, thought to have existed in the first half of the second century AD.

Millen Early Origins



The surname Millen was first found in at Tayside, where in 1263 Cilleonan MacMolan appears on documents. They arrived in Strathtay from the lands in Loch Arkaig after King Malcolm IV transplanted many Clans, including the MacMillans, from that region about 1160 AD. Later, about 1350, the Camerons, who had changed their name to Chalmers, drove them from their Strathtay territories.

In vacating the Strathtay, the Clan branched to many other areas, including Lochaber, Argyll and Galloway. The senior branch, however, were the MacMillans of Knapdale, and they held a grant from the Lord of the Isles inscribed in Latin on a rock at Knap: 'MacMillan's right to Knap shall be, as long as this rock withstands the sea.'

Malcolm Mor MacMillan had received this rock by the 14th century. His grandson Lachlan MacMillan died at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411. Lachlan's son, Alan MacMillan of Knap, married the McNeill heiress and took over the Castle Sween. He erected a cross, which still stands to this day in Kilmory churchyard. The cross stands better than twelve feet high and is elaborately engraved, showing a Highland Chief hunting a deer on one side, and a claymore surmounted by certain Clan members on the other.


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Millen Spelling Variations


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Millen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Millen has appeared in various documents spelled MacMillan, MacMullan, MacMullen, McMullen, McMullin, McMullan, McMillan, MacMullin and many more.

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Millen Early History


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Millen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millen research. Another 466 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1790, and 1897 are included under the topic Early Millen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Millen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Millen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Millen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Millen In Ireland


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Millen In Ireland



Some of the Millen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words (10 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



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Millen, or a variant listed above:

Millen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Barthol. Millen, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Barthol Millen, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Heebert Millen, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Elizabeth Millen, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Millen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Millen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Robert Millen, who came to Virginia in 1752
  • John Millen, who landed in America in 1765
  • Charles Millen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772

Millen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Millen, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Millen, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Hugh Millen, who landed in Maryland in 1824
  • Nancy Millen, aged 35, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • Jan Millen, who landed in Iowa in 1854

Millen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Millen, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick from Ireland in 1842

Millen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Millen, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Millen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Millen (post 1700)



  • John M. Millen, American leader of the Antarctic expedition 1962-1963, eponym of the Millen Range, Antarctica
  • Hugh Breedlove Millen (b. 1963), former professional American NFL football player
  • Matthew George "Matt" Millen (b. 1958), American former NFL linebacker and a former football executive
  • Corey Eugene Millen (b. 1964), retired American NHL ice hockey center
  • Stephen Richard Millen, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1972
  • John Millen (1804-1843), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1843
  • H. A. Millen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1872
  • George W. Millen (b. 1863), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 12th District, 1919-20
  • Chauncey H. Millen, American politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1856
  • Calvin Millen, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Sullivan County, 1909
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Miseris succurrere disco
Motto Translation: I learn to succour the distressed.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    8. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    11. ...

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

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