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About the study
It is just about impossible to determine where or name originated. However it is interesting to find from the 1881 census How our name compares in numbers from the other names using " McIl " at the beginning McIlroy lead with 598 followed by McIlwraith at 423, McIlraith at 112, McIlveen at 75 and our own name at 67. There are however 200 other versions of the spelling in smaller numbers.
There were two spelling their name as McIlrick and no one as Milwrick in 1881, bearing out the possibility of spelling errors rather than groups in their own right.
Distribution of the name
Using the same 1881 census, the distribution of the 67 people using McIlwrick name at that time were as follows:
|South West Scotland||42|
|Rest of Scotland||8|