Wednesday, 22 October 2008

creating excitement

have let the grandparents all know about our project - and all seem very excited about it. it looks like we'll actually be able to dovetail off a lot of research that both sides have done already (read - less work for us!).
Can't wait to actually have some proper time to dedicate to this ... wish i didn't have to work to live.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

milligan means...

Surname: Milligan
Recorded in the spellings of O'Milligan, Miligan, Milliken, Milikin, Mulligan, Mullikin, Millican and possibly other forms, this interesting surname of Irish origin is an anglicized form of the pre 10th century Gaelic O Maolagain, although also widely recorded in Scotland. The name translates as the "descendant of Maolagan", a personal name from a double diminutive of "mael" and meaning "bald". As such it is probably an affectionate nickname for a monk or disciple, somebody who shaved their head as a sign of devotion. In the 20th century the surname is found mainly in Ulster, and to some extent in County Sligo. It is one of the most ancient of Irish surnames with recordings dating back to the mid 13th Century, (see below). Other examples of the recordings include Thomas Ameligane in 1477, and Thomas Amuligane in 1485, both recorded in the book known as Black's "Surnames of Scotland". Other examples include Andrew Milligan, who married Sarah Planere on May 25th 1697, at St. Paul's church, Covent Garden, Westminster, and Richard Alfred Milliken (1767-1815), a Cork attorney, who is also remembered as the author of "The Groves of Blarney". Alice Milligan who ied in 1953, who was born at Omagh, was a poetess of distinction and a well known figure in the Irish literary movement. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Molior Omolegane, which was dated 1264, in Dublin. This was during the reign of King Henry 111of England, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

mcclintock means...

Surname: McClintock
Recorded in several forms as shown below, this is a Scottish and now Irish, surname. It originates from the pre 10th century surname Mac Giolla Fhionndaig meaning 'The son of the follower of St Fionndag', now known as St Findan. This name originates from "fionn", meaning fair haired. St. Findan also written as Fintan and Fintoc, was the founder of the monastery of Clonard in Ireland. The McClintocks belong to the county of Argyllshire, where they are recorded particularly in the district of Lorn around Lochaweside. Early examples of the surname recording include Teg M'Gillindak, the author of a poem in the book 'Argyllshire', by the former dean of Lismore. The name is recorded in a wide variety of spellings including M'Ilandick, M'Illandag, M'Illandick, M'Lentick, McLintog, and the more usual McClintock and McLintock. The surname is numerous in the Ulster counties of Antrim and Derry, and as an example on February 16th 1762, a son, James, was born to James McClintock and Eleanor Hamilton, in Antrim, whilst Daniel McClintock, together with their five children, sailed from Londonderry on the ship "Mary-Harrington", on June 2nd 1846, bound for New York. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Duncan Mcgellentak. He was a witness in West Perthshire,and appears in the "Records of the Scottish Highlands", in 1549. This was during the reign of Queen Mary of Scotland, 1542 - 1567. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

family crests: mcclintock & milligan

the mcclintock family crest

the milligan family crest

Getting started

Paul's agreed to help on the project and we've now had our first planning meeting. I'm really excited to actually be doing something that i've been thinking about for such a long time, and hopefully we won't get tired of it along the way. I'm not a person who has any real hobby, so this is now it! YAY...