Millar Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Millar Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Millar blazon is the cross moline. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

No other symbol appearing in heraldry is subject to as much variation as the cross 6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 47. Mediaeval Europe was a deeply religious and Christian and many of the nobility wanted to show their devotion by adopting the symbol of the cross as part of the arms. Since no two arms could be identical there arose many variants of the cross, typically involving patterning along the edges 7Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P67, or fanciful, decorative endings to the arms of the cross 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P128. The cross moline is typical of these whereby each arm of the cross expands and curves outwards, reminscent of the fer-de-moline from which it gets its name. These cross variations are probably largely for decorative effect, and to differentiate the arms from similar ones and hence their significance is that of the Christian cross itself.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Millar Name

Millar Origin:
England

Origins of Millar:
It is an Anglo-Saxon professional name acquired from the Olde English pre 7th Century “mylnere” meaning the “operator of the mill.” The mill was an important center in every old settlement, where peasants gathered to have their corn ground into flour.  The Miller often kept a balance of the ground corn by way of payment.  The surname from this source first noted towards the end of the 13th Century and appeared in the records of every division in England. One John le Mellere noted in the Writs of Parliament, circa 1300.

Variations:
More common variations are: Milliar, Millare, Millear, Meillar, Millarr, Millara, Millyar, Millair, Millary, Millari.

England:
The surname Millar first appeared in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhun Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Cabinet Area, where the Millar family held a family seat from old times.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Ralph Muller, dated 1296, in the ” Premium roll of Sussex.” It was during the reign of King Edward 1st, who was known as ” The Hammer of the Scots,” dated 1272-1307.  Surname all over the country became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.  It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.  Surnames all over the country began to develop with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.

Ireland:
Many of the people with surname Millar had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Millar landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Millar who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included Daniel Millar, who settled in Maryland in 1714.  Daniel Millar, who landed in Maryland in 1714.  Maria Madlena Millar, aged 26, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733.  Abraham Millar, aged 22, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733.

The following century saw more Millar surnames arrive.  Some of the people with the surname Millar who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Alexander Millar, who landed in New York in 1805.  Hugh Millar, who immigrated to New York in 1806.

Canada:
People with the surname Millar who landed in the Canada in the 18th century included John Millar, who arrived in St. john’s, Newfoundland in 1705.  Patrick Millar, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749.

The following century saw much more Millar surnames arrive.  Some of the people with the surname Miller who came in the Canada in the 19th century included Alexander Millar, who emigrated from Scotland to Montreal in 1825.

Australia:
Some of the individuals with the surname Millar who landed in Australia in the 19th century included James Millar, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the “America” on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia.  John Millar, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship “Emily.”  John Millar, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship “Sultana.”  Robina Millar, aged 28, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship “Joseph Soames.”  Jane Millar, aged 22, a maid, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Joseph Somes” in 1850.

New-Zealand:
Some of the population with the surname Millar who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included Allen Millar arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Lord Burleigh” in 1856.  Robert Millar arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Lord Burleigh” in 1856.  Janet Millar arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Lord Burleigh” in 1856.  John Millar arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Seringapatarn” in 1856.  Mary Millar arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Seringapatam” in 1856.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Millar:
England 11,411; United States 8,128; Canada 6,713; Scotland 6,530; Australia 6,157; South Africa 5,278; Chile 4,821; Northern Ireland 4,197; Philippines 3,996; New Zealand 2,854.

Notable People:
Alan Millar (born 1947), is an old Head of Philosophy at the University of Stirling.
Alex Millar (born 1985), is a British professional poker player.
Andrew Millar (1707–1768), was a British publisher and bookseller.
Blair Millar (born 1956), is a Scottish football player.
Brian Millar (born 1966), is an Irish cricket player.
Charles Vance Millar (1853–1926), was a Canadian lawyer and financier.
Chris Millar (born 1983), is a Scottish footballer.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Motto—Felicem reddet religio. Ar. a cross moline gu. Crest—Three ears of wheat issuing or. Another Crest—A dexter hand holding an open book ppr.
2) (James Ogilvy Millar, LL.D., Vicar of Cirencester, 1873). Motto—Keep tryst and trust. Ar. a cross moline gu. in chief a lion ramp. guard. of the second, imperially crowned or, betw. two lozenges also of the second. Crest—The half-length figure of a lady affrontee, vested az. holding before her a portcullis gu.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
3. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
6. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 47
7. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P67
8. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P128