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Where did the Scottish Miller family come from? What is the Scottish Miller family crest and coat of arms? When did the Miller family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Miller family history?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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Miller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
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
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
Miller Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- 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
- Ann Miller, aged 12, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
- Charles Miller, aged 7, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
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
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
- Arthur Miller (1915-2005), American playwright best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning "Death of a Salesman"
- Mitchell William "Mitch" Miller (1911-2010), American musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man, and record company executive
- Henry Valentine Miller (1891-1980), American author
- Merton Howard Miller (1923-2000), American economist, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990
- Susan Miller (b. 1946), original name of Susan St. James, American actress and activist
- Reggie Miller (b. 1965), retired American professional basketball player who holds the NBA record for career three-pointers
- Shannon Miller (b. 1977), American lawyer and artistic gymnast, winner of a combined total of 16 World Championships and Olympic medals between 1991 and 1996
- Joaquin Miller (1839-1913), American poet
- Stanley Lloyd Miller (1930-2007), American chemist and biologist considered a pioneer in the field of exobiology
- Staff Sergeant Andrew Miller (1916-1944), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
- 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.
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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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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