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From: E & L Bernard <>
Subject: RE: McILMOYL
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 09:29:19 -0500

Hi Joan,

From Black's Surnames of Scotland:

MACMOIL. For older M'Ilmoil (M'Gille Mhaoil). An Islay surname now sometimes rendered Bell. Donald M'Gillemoyll was a sufferer from the hership [sic] of Petty in 1502, and John Makmul was bowman in Lochalsh, 1548.

The listing references MACMILLAN--it's long, so I won't copy all of it.

MACMILLAN. G. MacMhaolain or MacGhilleMhaoil, 'son of the bald or tonsured one'. The -an is diminutive ending. Mac-na-maoile, 'son of baldness', is a side form of the name.

Most of the spellings are not like yours, but toward the end, it says, "In the Records of Inverness the name appears as McGillemeill, McGilleneill, McIlneyll, and McGillymoyll."

Bell's Book of Ulster Surnames doesn't have entries for any of your spellings, but it does have a piece on MACMILLAN. "In Ireland all the names are almost exclusive to Ulster and are found mainly in counties Antrim and Down. ... The Macmillans were a tribe of Moray, originally of the people of Kanteai, one of the subisidiaries of the northern Picts. However, the name was first recorded in Lanarkshire in 1263 when Gilleonan MacMolan appears on an assize." It does not appear as a powerful clan until 1360.

"Many of the name came to Ulster at the time of the Plantation and settled particularly in north Antrim and in Down. ... In mid-nineteenth-century Co. Antrim there was found to be a 'huge concentration' of the name MacMullan in the barony of Carey on the extreme north coast. At the same time in Co. Down the name was most concentrated in the parish of Garvaghy in Upper Iveagh. The name MacMullan is the third most common name on the Upper Ards where it was first recorded before the Plantation."

Hope that's of some help to you,


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