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Torquil (m) A Torquil was founder of the MacLeods of
Lewis, and the name is much used by that clan. It represents an adaptation into English of the Gaelic Torcall/Torcaill, itself a form of a Norse name which has various modern forms, e.g., Torkel, Torkell, Torkild, Torkjell, Terkel. The first part of the name is Thor; the second element is obscure. Torquil is little used in Scotland but somehow manages to have an aristocratic ring to it. There is a character who bears this name in Scott’s Fair Maid of Perth (1828).

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