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Where did the Scottish McCullough family come from? What is the Scottish McCullough family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCullough family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCullough family history?

The roots of the McCullough family stretch back to the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands, who were the first to use this surname. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach, meaning boar.

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Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. McCullough has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.

First found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway where one of the first on record was Andrew MacCulloch who served King William the Lion of Scotland and received the lands of Myretoun (now Monreith near Whitehorn in Wigtown). However ancient records show the Clan as being mentioned in the year 743 in that area.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCullough research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early McCullough History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 191 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCullough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McCullough family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

McCullough Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Alexander McCullough, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Alexr McCullough, aged 10, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Andw McCullough, aged 16, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Hers McCullough, aged 27, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jean McCullough, aged 14, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803


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  • John Edward McCullough (1837-1885), Irish-born, American actor who was thought to have been murdered backstage at Ford's Theatre by a fellow actor, buried by members of the acting company in a cellar beneath the stage, and has been a resident ghost in the theatre for many years
  • Mike McCullough (b. 1945), American professional PGA golfer
  • David Gaub McCullough (b. 1933), American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Clyde McCullough (1917-1982), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1940 to 1956 for the Chicago Cubs, National League All-Star selection (1948, 1953)
  • Conde McCullough (1887-1946), American bridge engineer
  • David McCullough (b. 1933), American historian and author
  • John C. McCullough (1858-1920), former Attorney General of California
  • Sultan McCullough (b. 1980), American NFL running back
  • Brian McCullough (b. 1985), American college head coach of the Longwood Lancers baseball program
  • Donald W. McCullough (b. 1949), American Christian minister, former President of San Francisco Theological Seminary

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  • Descendants of William C. McCullough by Edna Hazel McCullough Lowery.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vi et animo
Motto Translation: By strength and courage.

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  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  8. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The McCullough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCullough Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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