Mullikin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Among the the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Mullikin were the Strathclyde-Britons. Mullikin was a name for someone who lived in Wigtown, a former royal burgh in the Machars of Galloway in the south west of Scotland. This burgh is first mentioned in an indenture of 1292, and the fact that the sheriffdom was in existence at the time of the Largs campaign of 1263 suggests that the burgh may also have been recognized as such during the reign of Alexander III.

Early Origins of the Mullikin family

The surname Mullikin was first found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and 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 Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Mullikin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mullikin research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1526, 1612, and 1688 are included under the topic Early Mullikin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mullikin Spelling Variations

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Mullikin has been spelled Milligan, Millicen, Millicken, Milliken, Milligan and many more.

Early Notables of the Mullikin family (pre 1700)

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Mullikin Ranking

In the United States, the name Mullikin is the 11,484th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Mullikin family to Ireland

Some of the Mullikin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mullikin migration to the United States +

Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Mullikin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Mullikin, who landed in Maryland in 1660 [2]
  • Patrick Mullikin, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [2]
Mullikin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R. M. T. Mullikin, who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1820
  • Peter Mullikin, aged 21, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mullikin (post 1700) +

  • Anna Margaret Mullikin (1893-1975), American mathematician, one of the early investigators of point set theory
  • Bill Mullikin (1927-2010), American actor, best known for his role with Steve McQueen in Hell is for Heroes (1962)
  • Mary Augusta Mullikin (1874-1964), American painter who spent almost 30 years in China


The Mullikin 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: Regarde Bien
Motto Translation: Attend well.


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)


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