The surname Quillinan 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 Quillinan family
The surname Quillinan 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
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.)" CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the Quillinan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quillinan research.Another 437 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1315, 1442, 1542, 1559, 1750, 1307, 1300 and 1485 are included under the topic Early Quillinan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quillinan Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Quillinan, many spelling variations
were encountered, including: 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 Quillinan 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... Another 128 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quillinan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quillinan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Quillinan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Michael Quillinan, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"
- Mary Quillinan, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"
Contemporary Notables of the name Quillinan (post 1700)
- Edward Quillinan (1791-1851), Portuguese-born, English poet, son-in-law of William Wordsworth