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Origins of Scottish surnames

Origins of Scottish surnames

Posted: 1030805204000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1060447880000
I have a book called "The Surnames of Scotland" that gives the origins of all Scottish family names, with the earliest examples of thier use.
Does anyone want their surnames looked up ?

Re: Origins of Scottish surnames

Posted: 1031322901000
Classification: Query
Hi Fiona:

I just saw your mesage about Surnames, I was wondering if you could look up my family's name the name is

Kincaid/Kinkead/Kyncaith/Kinkade/Kincade and so on it would be greatly appreciated.

Susan Kinkead

Re: Origins of Scottish surnames

M.Martin (View posts)
Posted: 1031332696000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Grant, McGillivray
Hello :-)

Do you have anything on Grant and MacGillivray/McGillvray (the McG name has different spellings so it's hard to pick one since I do not know the real spelling)?
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Origins of MacGillivray

Posted: 1031347864000
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 1060447880000
Surnames: MacGillivray
From "The Surnames of Scotland" by Dr. G.F. Black
MacGillivray, MacGillavery (Aberdeen), MacGillivrie, MacGillivry, MacGillvary, MacGilvray, MacGilvery, MacGilvra
Gaelic - Mac Gille bhrath = son of the servant of judgement.
The name may originally have been Maolbhrath, as many names have had Maol displaced by Gille.
The Macgillivrays were an old Argyllshire clan or sept, but they do not appear in the 1467 MS.
They are early found in association with the Macleans in Mull, which was probably their original home.
Archibald Makillewray became the rector of the parish of Benbecula in 1535, but spelt it McIluray when resigning the rectory of Ewist in 1542, and McIliwray when becoming chaplain of Isla in 1542.
Ronald McAllen McIlvery or McIlverie was a tenant in Ardnamurchan 1541
Duncam M'Gillewra was a witness in Glenurquhay 1549
Rev. Martin Mc illura, McIlvora, M'Ilvra or M'Ilwra had several ups and downs during his incumbency of different churches in Argyllshire between 1626-50.
Farquar MacGillivray had a feu of the lands in Dunmaglas from Campbell of Cawdor 1622.
Another Farquar MacGillivray of Dunmaglas was one of the signers of a letter to George I in 1715.
Donald Moir McGilwrey granted to James Grant of Freuchie in 1646 that he had been engaged in plundering.
Macgillivrays took a prominent part in the rebellion of 1745, and their chief is said to have been killed in the battle of Culloden, beside the well of the dead.
Other spellings:
McGillevorie 1609, McGillavrach 1638, McGillievraid 1713, McGillivray 1672, M'Gillowray 1745, M'Gwillwray 1685, McIlra 1616, McIlvrach 1618, M'Ilvray 1647, McIlwray 1542, MacGillevoray, M'Gillewra, McGilvra, McIlvrae, MacIloray.

Re: Origins of Grant

Posted: 1031347968000
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 1060447880000
Surnames: Grant
From "The surnames of Scotland" by Dr. G.F. Black
The chiefs of the clan were Normans who were introduced into the north by the Bissets on their return from exile in 1242. [Many natives of the area may have taken the name in feudal times for feudal reasons - possibly swallowing up an older clan. Dr. Black does not say why the Bissets had been exiled].
The Bissets and the Grants were neighbours in England and had intermarried. In 1246 Henry III of England had granted Lowdham to Walter Byset until he could recover his lands in Scotland. The neighbouring manor of East Bridgeford was held by William le Grant, husband of Alfreda Byset, the heiress.
The earliest reference to the name Grant associated with Scotland is Thomas Grant, merchant of the King of Scotland, who was deposed from his office as visor of York Castle in 1252.
The first Grants recorded as living in Scotland were Laurentius & Robertus Grant , who witnessed an instrument for John Byset in Inverness in 1258. Sir Laurence was sheriff of Inverness and his brother (?) Robert held land in Nairnshire. Laurence Grant married the heiress of the Glencharnich family, and established his descendants in the North. By the end of the 14th century they had spread to most of the lands later held by them. The surname was still preceded by 'le' or 'the' even into the 16th century.
John le Graunt was a Scots prisoner from Dunbar held in Gloucester Castle in 1297.
Thomas le Graunt was a victim of thieves in 1305.
Maurice Grant was an attorney for the provost of Inverness in 1330, and later sheriff.
Richard Grant was a prebendary of Assynt in 1394.
The Grant who was 6th Lord of Freuchie was knighted by James Vi, and his grandson had his lands erected into the regality of Grant.
Some Achnachs are said to have changed their name to Grant.

Re: Origins of Kincaid

Posted: 1031349102000
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 1060447880000
Surnames: Kincaid
From "The Surnames of Scotland" by Dr. G.F. Black
Kincaid, Kinkaid is a place name in the Parish of Campsie, Stirlingshire.
Robert de Kyncade was a witness 1450.
Patrick and George de Kyncad were witnesses in Edinburgh 1457.
David de Kyncade was baillie of Edinburgh 1467 and 1493.
Thomas de Kyncayd was a witness in Biggar 1545, and spelt it Thomas Kyncaide in 1550.
James and Alexander Kincaid in Kilchoan 1609.
Kinkaid 1547, Kyncaid 1510, Kynked 1493.

Re: Origins of Scottish surnames

Posted: 1033337702000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1103478231000
Do you have anything on the name McNarland? Yes, that's an "n" not an "f". I have some distant cousins with that name and as far as I know they are the only ones with it! The family came from Canada orignially. Thanks!

Re: Origins of surname McNarland

Posted: 1033540936000
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 1060447880000
From 'The Surnames of Scotland' by Dr. G.F. Black
McNarland is not listed, but see:

Early examples: James M'Nellane, servant in St. Ninians, Stirlingshire
John Maknellen, burgess and guid brother of Stirling, 1560
Other spellings: M'Knellane, Macknellan, McNilland

MacNerlin, MacErlane
From Irish Mac an Fhirleighinn = son of the lector, or man of reading.
Firleighghinn or Ferleighinn was the title of the head of a monastic school,
e.e Ferleighinn Dubside in Iona, 1164. Also latinised as Virolecus.
Morice Macinnirlegin got excommunicated.
Dominic Macnafirlegind was accused of being a notorious fornicator in 1443.

Possibly also MacNair - several possible derivations, and many examples are given.
The MacNairs of Lennox are reckoned to be a sept of Clan Macfarlane. Maybe some of that family confused the spellings of the two names at some point ?

Re: Origins of surname McNarland

Posted: 1033594218000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1103478231000
Both McNair and McNerlen sound like good possibilities. Thanks a lot for checking this for me!

Re: Origins of Scottish surnames

Posted: 1034043083000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1106629796000
Could you look up McKnight and McDaniels and not sure if Scottish or Irish: Daugherty, Dougherty. Thanks
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