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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
Where did the Scottish Millican family come from? What is the Scottish Millican family crest and coat of arms? When did the Millican family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Millican family history?The name Millican was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Millican family lived in Wigtown, a former royal burgh in the Machars of Galloway in the south west of Scotland. This burgh is first mentioned in an indenture of 1292, and the fact that the sheriffdom was in existence at the time of the Largs campaign of 1263 suggests that the burgh may also have been recognized as such during the reign of Alexander III.
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Millican has appeared as Milligan, Millicen, Millicken, Milliken, Milligan and many more.
First found in Wigtownshire, 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 to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millican research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1526, 1612, and 1688 are included under the topic Early Millican History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Millican Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Millican family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: Jane Mullican, listed in a land patent record in Maryland in 1674; Bryant Milligan, who is on record in Virginia in 1705; Alexander, Edward, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Martin, Samuel, Thomas and William Milligan all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Regarde Bien
Motto Translation: Attend well.
The Millican Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Millican Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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