I don't know if you have analyzed the following, but here goes ...
First of all, living in Canada, I will tell you the spelling in this country is almost always YUILL (some 263 surnames out of about a total of 347 of ALL spellings). This means YUILL= about 75% of all spellings in Canada.
In Nova Scotia, where I live, there are 48 YUILL families listed. This would seem to equal about 18% of the Canadian total, but keep in mind that NS's total population of about 1 million is only 1/32 of all of Canada. In contrast, Ontario has 12 million people (12 times the number in NS) but only twice the number of YUILL folks in the phone book (98 ON vs. 48 NS). Alberta, with 4½ million people, has 50 YUILL (19% in canada), British Columbia has almost 5 million people and 38 YUILL (14.4% in Canada), and Manitoba with just over 1 million (same as NS) has only 15 YUILL.
This means that IF Nova Scotia's 48 YUILL names out of 1 million population are extrapolated (how's that for a fancy word ?) into Ontario or all of Canada, it means that Ontario should have 576 Yuill's and Canada should have 1,488 Yuill families. But there are only 263 YUILL or about 347 of all the spelling variations.
What this all means is that PROPORTIONATELY (another big word), Nova Scotia has by far the largest number of YUILL people for its size of ALL the rest of Canada - and it always did. How did this happen ? Simple. About 85-90% of all NS YUILL names live where they have for up to 250 years - in COLCHESTER or PICTOU Counties. They arrived in the 1760's or 1770's, most likely as direct imports from Scotland (this was in contrast to many others who came from New England or NY/NJ areas).
On your map of Nova Scotia, find the capital city HALIFAX, go north about one hour's drive to TRURO in Colchester County, then head east until you get to NEW GLASGOW in Pictou County. Almost every YUILL in Nova Scotia lives between these two places. Like many families in NS, Yuill's are very consistently identified with a particular geographic area, and like many family surnames, they tend to STAY IN THE SAME PLACE. Having said that, the ones who "migrated" usually went - where else ? - to the 'big city' of Halifax.
A few other interesting demographic (oops ! another big word) aspects to ponder:
In Ontario, the 98 YUILL people are distributed as follows: 48-50% of them settled around Ottawa and Kingston areas (eastern Ontario, near Québec). About 28% of Ontario's total live in Metro Toronto and the "Area Code 905" district that wraps around Toronto (from Niagara in the south to Oshawa east of "TO"). Most of the others in Ontario are clustered in the London to Windsor area (south-west). This accounts for about 95% of all the ones in Ontario.
In Alberta, about 50% of the 50 YUILL's live in the EDMONTON area code (780), the other half in Calgary's (403).
In British Columbia, about 85% of the 38 YUILL surnames live in Area Code 250, AWAY from Vancouver (AC 604), which is the opposite trend for most everything else in BC !
In closing, the following spellings appear in a very limited way in CANADA's phone listings (specific provinces mentioned by name):
GOOL = 4
GUILE = 33 (question: is this really a form of another surname, GILLIE ??)
GUILL = 1
YOOL = 8 in Ontario
YOUL = 2; YOULE = 12; YOULL = 2; YUIL = 2; YUILE = 14
YULE = 6 in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia has proportionately more YUILL (53%) than anywhere else in Canada. Manitoba would be next at 15%. Alberta comes in at 12.5%, Ontario = 8.2%, and BC 7.6%. GUILE has 33 listings, and YUILE has 14.
In Nova Scotia, contact the following info sources:
When the English took over administration of "Acadie" from the French around 1748-1750, they gave it the old name "Nova Scotia" (Latin for "New Scotland") first granted to it in 1621, along with its own flag, by a Royal Charter from King James I. In 1759 they created 5 districts or counties: Annapolis, Cumberland, Halifax, Kings, and Lunenburg.
Annapolis included the current Digby County (created separately in 1837), Cumberland included what is now much of the current Province of New Brunswick, Halifax included a massive area all the way east and north of the city over to the modern Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough Counties, and also included all of Cape Breton (renamed from the French Ile Royale), Kings included Hants County, and Lunenburg later would be sub-divided into the counties of Queens (1762), Shelburne (1784), and Yarmouth (1836).
Halifax County, named from the capital city founded in 1749, came into being in 1759. After Cape Breton was removed from it, new counties of Hants (1755-60), Colchester (1760), Pictou (1770's), and Guysborough (1784/5), came into being.
During the American War of Independence (1776-1783), many family loyalties were divided. At the end of the war many farms and other lands of United Empire Loyalists (called "Tories" or "Royalists" by the Americans) were confiscated.
Colchester County NS - http://www.genealogynet.com/Colchester/http://www.genealogynet.com/Colchester/ - first settled early 1760's by New England Planters who sometimes occupied former Acadian French land after the Expulsion of 1755 - http://www.rootsweb.com/~nscolche/index.htmlhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~nscolche/index.html - also consult the
Onslow, NS, Colchester County Book of Records.
- http://www.genealogynet.com/resident/genejane/home.htmhttp://www.genealogynet.com/resident/genejane/home.htm - An excellent new database by Jane Wile on surnames of Colchester County - when you get there, click on the tab for surnames. This will bring up about 2 dozen surnames.
Colchester Historical Archives include: - Index to Colchester County Deeds 1771-1870 - Colchester Deeds 1770-1845 - Vital Statistics from newspapers from 1760-1908 - Township Books - Truro, Onslow and Londonderry, Westchester, Cumberland County, Guysborough County, Kings County, Annapolis County - Maps of early Colchester County..
Sara Murray Leonard - firstname.lastname@example.org - posted extensive Crow information under - http://www.genforum.com-http://www.genforum.com- CROW # 1644 - from the "Historical and Genealogical Record of Colchester County (NS)" by Thomas Miller, 1803.
Pictou County NS - http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspictou/http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspictou/ -
- http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspcghs/http://www.rootsweb.com/~nspcghs/ - The Pictou County Genealogy and Heritage Society, P.O. Box 1210, Pictou, N.S. B0K 1H0 Tel: (902) 485-4563 - Administrators of the Hector Exhibit Centre and McCulloch House Museum - extensive library of books on Pictou County, specific communities, churches, prominent figures and records of other parts of Nova Scotia. Copies of both the "Ritchie Records" and the "Stone Books" which are very valuable transcriptions of almost all of the cemeteries in Pictou County.
MACKENZIE 435 - Louise MacKenzie at email@example.com - A hardbound book entitled "Scotsburn Congregation Pictou County" by Rev. John Murray was published in 1925. It states that the "Hector" arrived in 1773 and does not list another sailing. There were 16 MacKenzies aboard, and a young child named Roderick MacKay. The Rev. Murray talks about Hardwood Hill. The book is a treasure, but is very fragile, so it would be risky to copy it.
Roderick MacKenzie (1799-1884) married Janet Murray (1800-1898).
Roderick's brother William MacKenzie (1803-1854) married Mary MacDonald (1815-1885). Interesting note: Mary MacDonald was the daughter of Esther Sinclair whose father was the 12th Earl of Caithness, Scotland.
Pictou County Historical Society - Tel: (902) 752-5583 or in Pictou Town at (902) 485-4563, 86 Old Haliburton Road.
Pictou Advocate (newspaper) (902) 485-8014 or FAX (902) 752-4816
Pictou County is located on the central north shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. The first settlers arrived from Philadelphia on June 10, 1767 on the brigantine "Betsey". In September 1773 about 200 immigrants arrived from Scotland on the "Hector". Much of the culture of the County today can be attributed to these Scottish immigrants. Many soldiers of the 82nd Hamilton Regiment began settling in Pictou County in the fall of 1783 after peace was made with the United States. From 1767 to 1849 was the great period of British emigration; approximately 120 ships arrived in Pictou County carrying immigrants from Scotland, England and Ireland. Today it is the third largest population centre in NS and includes the "Five Towns" of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville, Trenton, and Pictou itself. Coal was first discovered in the late 1790s, one of the largest coal seams in the world, over 48 feet thick. The fortunes of Stellarton and area have risen and fallen over the Foord Coal Seam (one mine explosion was at Westville May 17, 1873). The first train in North America, the "Samson" in 1839, ran coal from the mines to nearby ships. Stellarton has become home to one of North America's largest corporations, the Sobeys Inc. grocery and food conglomerate, with stores all across Canada and current assets of $12 billion. In the 19th century, this was a shipbuilding, industrial and manufacturing centre.
- http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/using/http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/using/ - Public Archives of Nova Scotia - Tel: (902) 424-6055 FAX: (902) 424-0628
**NOTE: On Thursday, August 30, 2001, the Public Archives of Nova Scotia officially opened the Community Access Program (CAP) site. Along with Internet access, the site includes a cluster of computers, laser printer and a scanner. Of course, it also connects with the massive array of online resources now available through the Archives. People who want to create a family tree, or to search out their roots for whatever reason, will find the archive site offers free public access to quality Web sites from around the world devoted to genealogy. Among other things, the site offers access to the genealogical software, Family Tree Maker, a range of historical resources and the Internet in general.
To access the archives on the Internet, go to - http://gov.ns.ca/nsarm/caphttp://gov.ns.ca/nsarm/cap -.
- http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/gene/http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/gene/ - The following on-line information is available to assist with your genealogical research. This area of the web site is under construction and will be updated on an ongoing basis.
Online Genealogical Resources: These links go directly to searchable information within the BosaNova database that may help with your genealogical research. Don't forget that searching BosaNova directly and visiting other parts of our Web site will yield additional information about archival holdings of genealogical interest. As our resources permit, more searchable sources will be made available in an on-line format and the necessary links will be provided on this page.
Poll tax rolls, 1791-1793 (forms part of the "Commissioner of Public Records" collection: Census and poll tax series; search for names of individuals taxed 1791-1793)
Anglican Parish Database (descriptions of NSARM holdings of Anglican Church of Canada parish records for Nova Scotia)
Marriage bonds (forms part of the Nova Scotia Deputy Registrar-General fonds; search for marriage bonds submitted in application for licenses between 1763-1864, 1870-1871) In progress; 1763-1840 available at present.
Marriage license files - (June 2001: was temporarily unavailable)
GOVT OF NS (VITAL STATISTICS) - http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/ - births, marriages, deaths, etc. or - http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/gene/looking.htm/http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/gene/looking.htm/ - NS Archives collection of maps, directories, land records, photographs, registry of deeds, newspaper, cemetery and church records indexes, etc.
- http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/vstat/history.stmhttp://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/vstat/history.stm - All records filed after 1908 are held on file in the Vital Statistics office. Civil registrations of birth and deaths in Nova Scotia began (again) on October 1, 1908 and continue to the present day. As well, delayed registrations of births for some individuals born in the province between 1876 and 1908 were filed after 1908.
Marriage records filed at Vital Statistics began from 1906 to 1918, depending on the county where the event occurred (see list below). Marriage records prior to these years have been transferred to the Public Archives of Nova Scotia (PANS).
1908: Annapolis, Inverness, Lunenburg, Shelburne, Yarmouth
1909: Digby, Kings
1910: Antigonish, Queens
1912: Cape Breton
1916: Halifax, Hants
1918: Richmond, Victoria
Civil registrations of birth and deaths in Nova Scotia between 1864 and 1876 are held at: The Public Archives of Nova Scotia (6016 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 1W4).
Marriage records filed at Vital Statistics began from 1906 to 1918 depending on the county where the event occurred. Marriage records prior to these years have been transferred to the Public Archives of Nova Scotia.