Origin of the Name Mescall
The origin of the name Mescall
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Mescall has a number of variants incudling Mescal, Mescill, Meskal, Meskel and MacScally. This name in Irish is O'Meiscill and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Limerick .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The earliest reference to the name occurs in a Justiciary Roll in the year 1313 dealing with County Limerick . In the birth registrations of 1865 and 1866, 70 births where registered, 39 in Clare and South Galway , 10 in Limerick , 8 in Waterford and 6 in Wexford. In Griffith's Evaluation of the nineteenth century the name was found frequently in Counties Wexford and Waterford with later records showing prominence in County Clare. The form Miskella is confined mostly to North Ulster .
The Mescall coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Mescall descendants.