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

The name McCrimmon is an age-old Dalriadan-Scottish nickname for a person noted as a guardian. The name, which is Mac Cruimein in Gaelic, is derived from the Old Norse Hromund, which means famed protector.

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The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McCrimmon has appeared as MacCrimmon, MacRimmon, MacCrummen, MacCrummin, Crimmon, Crimmons, Crimmin and many more.

First found in on the Isle of Skye, where they were hereditary Pipers to the MacLeods of Dunvegan and founded the famous College of Piping, the most celebrated of its kind in the world. They were said to be the greatest Pipers of all Gaeldom.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCrimmon research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 153 and 1533 are included under the topic Early McCrimmon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McCrimmon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McCrimmon or a variant listed above: Donald MacCrimmon, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1847; W. Crimmond arrived in New York in 1822; John Crimmin arrived in Philadelphia in 1861.

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  • Katie Kerwin McCrimmon (b. 1965), American journalist and former reporter/analyst for ESPN
  • John James McCrimmon (b. 1953), retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Donald "Don" James McCrimmon (b. 1918), Canadian provincial level politician from Alberta
  • Abraham Lincoln McCrimmon (1865-1935), Canadian academic and Chancellor of McMaster University
  • Brad McCrimmon (1959-2011), Canadian professional NHL ice-hockey player who played from 1979 to 1997


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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: Permitte caetera divis
Motto Translation: Leave the rest to the Gods.

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The McCrimmon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCrimmon 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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