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Millikan Coat of Arms / Millikan Family Crest

Millikan Coat of Arms / Millikan Family Crest

Families of this name MILLIKAN descend from the O'Maolagain sept which held sway in County Donegal over a territory in the baronies of Boylagh and Raphoe. The name is also spelt MILLIGAN, MILLIKEN, MILLIGEN, MELICAN and MALAGHAN. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Their dispersal at the time of the confiscations and the plantation of Ulster has resulted in their now being found in almost equal numbers in Ulster, Connacht and Leinster, with a notable concentration in County Monaghan in County Mayo, and in the capital. The inland county of Monaghan, in the south of Ulster province, is bounded on the south by the Leinster county of Meath, on the east by Co, Armagh and on the west by Fermanagh and Cavan. Ireland is one of the earliest sources of the development of patronymic names in northern Europe. Irish Clan or bynames can be traced back to the 4th century B.C. and Mac (son of) and O (grandson or ancestor of) evolved from this base, the original literal meaning of which has been lost due to the absence of written records and linguistic ambivalences which subtly but inexorably became adopted through usage. Genealogists and lexographers accept that the patronymic base does not refer to a location, quite the contrary. The use of the prefix 'Bally' (town of) attaching to the base name, identifying the location. The base root was also adopted by people residing in the demographic area without a common ancestor. These groups called 'Septs' were specially prevalent in Ireland. Robert Andrews MILLIKAN (1868-1953) was the American physicist, born in Illinois. He studied at Columbia University, Berlin and Gottingen, and taught physics at Chicago University from 1869. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1923.

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