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Where did the Scottish McCalley family come from? What is the Scottish McCalley family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCalley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCalley family history?A people of the Scottish/English Borderlands known as the Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name McCalley. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach, meaning boar.
Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. McCalley has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.
First found in Wigtownshire 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCalley research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1354 are included under the topic Early McCalley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McCalley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McCalley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:
McCalley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
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.
The McCalley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCalley 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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