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Where did the Irish Quillian family come from? What is the Irish Quillian family crest and coat of arms? When did the Quillian family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Quillian family history?

The surname Quillian is derived from the personal name Hugelin, which is a diminutive of Hugh. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Uighilin.


Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations for the name Quillian include: McQuillan, McQuillen, McQuillian, McQuillin, McQuillon, McCailin, McAilin, MacQuillian, MacQuillon, MacCaillion, MacQuillin, MacQuillan, McKillan, McQuilland, McAiland, McAylin, McCaillion, McKillion, McKillin, McKillon, MacKillan, MacQuilland, MacAyland, MacAilan, Quillan and many more.

First found in County Antrim (Irish: Aontroim) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland, where they were granted lands by Strongbow after the Anglo/ Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quillian research. Another 359 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1315, 1500, and 1750 are included under the topic Early Quillian History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Quillian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Quillian:

Quillian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Walter Quillian, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1892

Quillian Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Quillian, aged 33, who settled in America from Foxdale, Isle of Man, in 1907
  • W. F. Quillian, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Mrs. Quillian, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Peter Quillian, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Frank Quillian, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Dalton in Furnes, England, in 1921


  • William "Bill" Quillian (1933-1973), American tennis player who represented the United States in the Davis Cup (1958)
  • William H. Quillian, American literary critic, James Joyce scholar, Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation at Mount Holyoke College


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The Quillian Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quillian 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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