O'Quill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname O'Quill comes from the Irish "O Cuill," meaning hazel. Because of the similarity between "cuill" and "coill" meaning wood, the surname was often translated into Woods.
Early Origins of the O'Quill family
The surname O'Quill was first found in Counties Cork and Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where it belonged to a distinguished bardic family.
The O Cuill family of Kilnamagh had two members worthy of an obituary in the Annals: Cinnfaelidh O Cuill (d.1048), chief poet of Munster, and Cinnfealidh O Cuill or Kinealy O'Quill (d.1507), Chief of His Name.
Early History of the O'Quill family
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O'Quill Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Quill, O'Quill, Woods and others.
Early Notables of the O'Quill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Quill family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Quill, who settled in Boston in 1762; Thomas Quill, who was bound out as an apprentice in Philadelphia in 1771; Adam Woods, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1811.