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

The McCumber surname comes from the Gaelic MacComaidh, which is in turn from MacThomaidh or MacThom. The same Gaelic names have often been Anglicized Thomson.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: MacComb, MacCombe, MacCombie, MacCombs, MacCome, MacComie, McCome, McKComb, Mackcome, McComey and many more.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCumber research. Another 180 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1571, and 1587 are included under the topic Early McCumber History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the McCumber family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 126 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCumber Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Russell McCumber, aged 19, who emigrated to America, in 1918
  • Burton McCumber, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Gail B. McCumber, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1921
  • Gale McCumber, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • C. McCumber, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922


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  • Mark Randall McCumber (b. 1951), American golfer, ten-time winner on the PGA tour
  • Porter J. McCumber (1858-1933), United States Senator from North Dakota


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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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.

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The McCumber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCumber 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 31 May 2014 at 11:43.

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