The age-old Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Quil family. Their name comes from the personal name
Paul. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Phail, which is normally Anglicized MacFail
and means son of Paul.
Early Origins of the Quil family
The surname Quil was first found in the Isle of Man
, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Quil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quil research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1327 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Quil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quil Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Quil has been spelled Quail, Quayle, Quaile, Quailes, McQuail, McQuayl and others.
Early Notables of the Quil family (pre 1700)
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and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quil family to Ireland
Some of the Quil family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quil family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to England
re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Quils to arrive on North American shores:
Quil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Quil, who landed in Michigan in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Quil 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: Qualis ero spero
Motto Translation: I hope what I shall be.