Origins Available: Scottish
The Wiliams family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides
islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland
. The name Wiliams is derived from the personal name William.
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Uilleim,
which means son of William.
Early Origins of the Wiliams family
The surname Wiliams was first found in on the Isle of Harris
, 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 Scotland.
Early History of the Wiliams family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiliams research.Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1215, and 1613 are included under the topic Early Wiliams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wiliams Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Wiliams has been written as MacWilliam, MacQuilliam, MacKilliam, MacWilliams, MacKullie, MacCullie, MacWillie and many more.
Early Notables of the Wiliams family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wiliams family to Ireland
Some of the Wiliams family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 167 words (12 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 Wiliams family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Wiliams or a variant listed above include: Archibald McWilliam settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1773; Alexander, Charles, Daniel, Edward, Felix, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Richard, Thomas and William McWilliam all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..