Quillin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Quillin family

The surname Quillin was 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.

Specifically, "The MacQuillans were lords of the territory of the Routes, in co. Antrim, holding their chief residence in the fine old sea-girt castle of Dunluce." MacLysaght agrees "The MacQillans are of Norman- Welsh descent: they settled soon after the invasion in the territory called the Route (co. Antrim.)" [1]

One of the first records of the family was Malcolm MacQuillan who died in 1307. Little is known of his heritage, but what we do know is that he was granted safe conduct by the English so he could assail Scottish forces, on Scotland's western seaboard, with his galley fleet. He was part of a fleet of eighteen galleys with 1,000 men who landed near Stranraer, now a town in southwest Scotland in Inch, Dumfries and Galloway. But, this force was quickly overwhelmed by local forces led by Dungal MacDouall. MacQuillan was captured and executed. His head and the heads from two Irish chiefs were sent back to King Edward I.

Early History of the Quillin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quillin research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1315, 1442, 1542, 1559, 1750, 1307, 1300 and 1485 are included under the topic Early Quillin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quillin Spelling Variations

Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name Quillin. Some of these variations included: 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.

Early Notables of the Quillin family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Malcolm MacQuillan (died 1307) Irish nobleman who was granted safe conduct by the English so he could assail Scottish forces, on Scotland's western seaboard, with his galley fleet in July 1300. However, the invasion force was quickly overwhelmed by local forces. Malcolm was captured and summarily executed with the Irish sub king. The heads of McQuillan and two Irish chiefs were sent to King Edward I. In 1485, Rory MacQuillan founded a late Franciscan foundation named Bonamargy Friary situated in County Antrim...
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United States Quillin migration to the United States +

Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Quillin:

Quillin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Teague Quillin, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
Quillin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Quillin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [2]
Quillin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Reuben Quillin, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • George I. Quillin, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Roland F. Quillin, aged 49, who immigrated to Laurel, Delaware, in 1922
  • Edgar J. Quillin, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Ermina B. Quillin, aged 46, who settled in Laurel, Delaware, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Quillin (post 1700) +

  • Ellen Dorothy Schulz Quillin (1892-1970), American botanist, author, and museum director from Saginaw County, Michigan
  • Theodore "Ted" Quillin (1930-2011), American radio personality, one of the original "Seven Swingin' Gentlemen"
  • Peter Quillin (b. 1983), American professional boxer, current WBO Middleweight Champion
  • John Quillin Tilson (1866-1958), American politician, Connecticut House of Representative for almost 22 years, House Majority leader for 6 years; he wrote Tilson's Manual, or A Manual of Parliamentary Procedure in 1948
  • John Quillin Tilson Jr. (1911-2002), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1953; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1956 (alternate), 1964 [3]
  • John Quillin Tilson (1866-1958), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven, 1905-08; Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1907-08 [3]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Wallace F. Quillin, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [4]

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html

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