McGill Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McGill Family History

If you are conducting some McGill family history research then you can view the McGill coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and McGill surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name McGill in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic Mac an Ghaill Sept which is taken from the Gaelic word 'gall' meaning 'foreigner'. The variant Magill is sometimes used in the Province of Ulster and the name is also an abbreviation of various names that begin with 'Mac Giolla'.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McGill Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Bordure/Border Denotes a diference between relatives bearing the same Arms
Martlet One who has been disposessed of land. Sign for fourth son. In Ireland the Martlett was the bird of perpetual movement
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