Miller Coat of Arms / Miller Family Crest

Miller Family Crest / Miller Coat of Arms

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Where did the Scottish Miller family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Miller family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Miller has been spelled Miller, Millar, Myllar, Mylar, Millare, Myllair and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire, where the Miller family was seated from ancient times.

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: John Millar, who arrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1705; Daniel Millar, who settled in Maryland in 1714; George Millar, who was recorded as a runaway servant, convict, or slave in Delaware in 1754.

Motto Translated: The best things await us in heaven.

Suggested Readings for the name Miller

    * The History and Genealogy of the Miller Family by Thelma Ray Miller.
    * The Huguenot Millers by Margaret Miller White.
    * The Miller and Simmons Families by William Shurtleff.
Some noteworthy people of the name Miller

    * Arthur Miller (1915-2005), American playwright best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Death of a Salesman”
    * Stephen Decatur Miller (1787-1838), American politician, governor of South Carolina (1828-1830) and senator from South Carolina (1831-1833)
    * Arthur Miller (b. 1915), American playwright and novelist
    * Henry Valentine Miller (1891-1980), American, author
    * Merton Howard Miller (1923-2000), American economist, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990
    * Susan Miller (b. 1946), original name of American Susan St. James
    * Reggie Miller, American basketball player
    * Shannon Miller, American gymnast
    * Joaquin Miller (1839-1913), American poet
    * Stanley Lloyd Miller (b. 1930), American chemist
    * William Miller (1781-1849), American religious leader
    * Doris “Dorie” Miller (1919-1943), first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
    * Hugh Miller (1802-1856), Scottish geologist
    * Patrick Miller (1731-1815), Scottish inventor
    * William Miller (1810-1872), Scottish poet
    * Rear Admiral Andrew John Miller,
    * Sir James Miller, Lord Mayor of London in 1964
    * Frank Stuart Miller (1927-2000), Canadian, politician, Premier of Ontario in 1985
    * Frederick Edward John Miller (1824-1888), German born (emigrated in 1854), founder of the Miller Brewing Company
    * Inger Miller, athlete
    * Jonathan Wolfe Miller (b. 1934), English stage director and author
    * Keith Ross Miller, Australian cricket player
    * Staff Sergeant Andrew Miller, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944

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