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It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Miller. It was a name for someone who lived in the county of Dumfries.

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The surname Miller was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where the Miller 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.

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. Miller has been spelled Miller, Millar, Myllar, Mylar, Millare, Myllair and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Miller research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1253 is included under the topic Early Miller History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Miller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Miller family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 250 words (18 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 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:

Miller Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Miller, aged 30, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • Sander Miller, who landed in New England in 1652
  • Sarah Miller, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Miller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Symon Miller, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Steve Miller, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Joost Miller, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Hans Lendert Miller, who settled in Philadelphia in 1728
  • Anna Miller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
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Miller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Craig Miller, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Catharina Miller, aged 13, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Adam Miller, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1809
  • Ann Miller, aged 55, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Arthur G Miller, aged 27, landed in Georgia in 1812
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Miller Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Archie W Miller, who arrived in Mississippi in 1902

Miller Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Miller, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Capt. Garrett Miller U.E. (b. 1738) born in Court Matrix, County Limerick, Ireland from Camden Valley, New York, USA who settled in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec c. 1779, then Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario in 1796 he served in the Royal Rangers with Colonel Peters Corps, married twice having 12 children, he died in 1823 Switzerville, Ontario
  • Mr. James Miller U.E. who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c .1780
  • Mr. Jane Miller U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. John Miller U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 4 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
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Miller Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Miller, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Elizabeth Miller, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • John Miller, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • James Miller, aged 48, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Mary Miller, aged 38, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
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Miller Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Miller, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • James Miller, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Miller, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Miller arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839
  • George Miller arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
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Miller Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Miller, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Maria Miller, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Robert Miller, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Janet Miller, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Mary Miller, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
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  • John C. Miller (1947-2016), American politician, Member of the Virginia Senate (2008-2016)
  • Kristine Miller (1925-2015), born Jacqueline Olivia Eskesen, an American film actress, best known for her appearances in film noir and Westerns
  • Hubert Maikhail Miller II (1992-2016), American football quarterback
  • Walter Dale "Walt" Miller (1925-2015), American politician, 29th Governor of South Dakota (1993-1995), 34th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota (1987-1993)
  • Van Miller (1927-2015), American radio and television sports announcer, inductee to the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame (1998)
  • Dane A. Miller (1946-2015), American business executive, co-founder of the orthopedic company Biomet and was its president and chief executive from 1978 to 2006
  • Lawrence G. "Larry" Miller (1936-2014), American politician and businessman, Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives (1991-2014)
  • Bode Miller (b. 1977), American Olympic alpine skier who won gold, three sliver, and two bronze medals at the 2002, 2020, and 2014 games
  • Major-General Henry Jervis Friese Miller (1890-1949), American Brigadier-General (AUS) (1941-07-10)
  • Brigadier-General Lehman Wellington Miller (1891-1973), American Brigadier-General (AUS) (1941-04-07)
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Miller Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Catherine Miller (1880-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from St. Catharinas, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Ms. Ethel Annie Miller, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Ms. Eva Elizabeth Miller (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Beech Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Ethel M Miller (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. James Miller, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. W. Miller (1893-1917), Jamaican Seaman aboard the SS Calonne from Jamaica who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. William George Miller (1892-1914), English Driver from England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • Mr. William Miller (1884-1914), Scottish Miner from Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Kenneth Roscoe Miller (1915-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. James Douglas Haig Miller (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Malvern, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. George James Miller (1917-1941), Australian Cook (S) from Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Alfred Miller (1920-1941), Australian Stoker from Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Martin Patrick Miller (1920-1941), Australian Steward from North Essendon, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Thomas Miller (b. 1918), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Patrick, Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. James A K Miller (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Frederick James Miller, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942
  • Mr. Charles Terence Miller, British Corporal from Birkenhead, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Forbes Miller, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Harry B Miller, "Dusty" British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Andrew Lyall Miller, British Midshipman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Harry Davis Miller, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald John Hollinger Miller, British Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Joseph Kenneth Miller (1932-1988), American Accounting Firm Executive from Woodmere, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Captain James Blaine Miller, American 1st Class Passenger from Washington, District of Columbia, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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  • The History and Genealogy of the Miller Family by Thelma Ray Miller.
  • The Huguenot Millers by Margaret Miller White.
  • The Miller and Simmons Families by William Shurtleff.
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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.

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    Other References

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    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    10. 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).
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    The Miller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Miller 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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