Home   |   Customer Service   |   Site Map   |   Name Search   |   How To Buy

Shopping Cart
0 Items
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - no headaches!
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

In the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name McCulley. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach, meaning boar.


Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. McCulley 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.


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


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


Some of the McCulley 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.


The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

McCulley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James McCulley, aged 50, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
  • Robert McCulley, aged 44, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
  • Mary Ellen McCulley, aged 18, who arrived in America, in 1895
  • Matha G. McCulley, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1896

McCulley Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Katharine McCulley, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • William McCulley, aged 34, who arrived in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1915
  • William T. McCulley, aged 32, who arrived in Lankerdal, California, in 1919
  • Samuel McCulley, aged 40, who arrived in Dennison, Ohio, in 1919
  • Annie McCulley, aged 19, who arrived in America from Ballymena, Ireland, in 1920


  • Michael James McCulley (b. 1943), American former NASA astronaut, and the first submariner in space and later President and CEO of Space Shuttle contractor United Space Alliance
  • Johnston McCulley (1883-1958), American author of hundreds of stories, fifty novels, numerous screenplays for film and television, and the creator of the character Zorro
  • Pete McCulley (1931-1992), American head coach of the San Francisco 49ers
  • Danielle McCulley (b. 1975), American former professional basketball player
  • Robert Keith McCulley (1914-1993), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger


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.


Popular Family Crest Products
McCulley Armorial History With Coat of Arms
McCulley Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
McCulley Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
McCulley Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
McCulley Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
McCulley Armorial History with Frame
McCulley Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms
More Family Crest Products


  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 5 June 2014 at 08:13.

2000-2014 Swyrich Corporation. See Terms of Use for details.
houseofnames.com is an internet property owned by Swyrich Corporation.

Sign Up

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - no headaches!