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The Origin Of The Millar Clan

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Everyone’s surname has a history behind it, some surnames have been around since the very beginning of Christ and some have been moulded and reformed over the centuries. The Millar Clan has had quite a journey from Scotland all the way down to Southern Africa, to me. Some say it was originally another surname and some say that it was all made up, but I have researched the true and factual origin and formation of the Millar surname. Which I will give a brief over view to how it came to be today all the way up to me, Zane Millar.


The surname Millar is a variant of Miller, it is a Scottish surname that came about in 12 Century. The name originated from ‘the miller’ who was an occupational name for one that baked bread, grounded corn and was the dweller by the mill. The mill was a very important piece of medieval settlements as it provided a method for individuals to bring their corn to be grounded into flour, and in payment ‘the miller’ would take a proportion of it for himself. In medieval times record came to state that millers would substitute grain of poor quality for the good grain that they were given to grind, and due to this dishonesty they were a very unpopular group of people. They might have been unpopular although they made up most of the wealthy people in villages in those times. The surname miller appears in all record found in England. The surname originated from the English word “mylene”, and the later “milne” but it mainly originated from the Latin Roman word “molere” meaning to grind and ground. Scotland was the birth place of the name although they prefers to use “Millar” and not miller as it was more Scottish. The name was related often trace back to or associated with the Clan MAcFlarlane which was a Highland Scottish clan. This MAcFlarlane Clan at that time was the most respected and feared clan, this clan was often seen and found to be fighting in noteworthy historical battles, some of the biggest and more renowned battles like the Scottish independence and alongside famed Robert the Bruce, unfortunately the last chief of the MAcFlarlane Clan died in 1886.

The Earliest:

The earliest record of the surname was by a man of the name Ralph Muller in 1296 in Sussex, a Country in South East England, during the rule of King Edwards the 1st of England (1272 – 1307), surnames were required when governments started personal taxation (Poll Tax in England). In 1300, John Millare was documented in Yorkshire, he was an inquest which relates to fishing on the tweed and a juror who was a member of a jury in 1467 in Scotland. A descendant of John Millare is Rober Millare who held land in 1509 in Irvine. In 1572 a man by the man of George Miller of the Country Warwick, registered at Oxford University as a students and made the everyone aware of the origin of the Miller surname. A notable man by the name of John Millar born in 1735 and passed in 1801 at the age of 66 who lived in Shotts, Lanarkshire was a Scottish...

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