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

History reveals the roots of the McCully family name in the ancient Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The McCully name is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach, meaning boar.

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Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. McCully 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 McCully research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early McCully 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 McCully Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McCully 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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In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

McCully Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John McCully, who arrived in New England in 1735
  • Matthew McCully, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Joseph McCully, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1799

McCully Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francis McCully, who landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Wm McCully, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Robert McCully, who landed in America in 1805
  • Jonas McCully, who arrived in South Carolina in 1806
  • Andrew McCully, who landed in South Carolina in 1809


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  • Edward "Ed" McCully (1927-1956), American Christian missionary to Ecuador
  • Emily Arnold McCully (b. 1939), American children's author, recipient of the Caldecott Medal for "Mirette on the High Wire"
  • Henry McCully (b. 1948), Scottish-born, American Soccer player
  • Kilmer S. McCully, Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Vice Admiral Alexander Newton McCully (1867-1951), American naval officer
  • Jonathan McCully (1809-1877), Canadian judge, one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation
  • Murray McCully (b. 1953), New Zealand politician, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for the Rugby World Cup


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