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

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McCutcheon is Hugh or from the Old French word Huchon.


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 McCutcheon has appeared as Hutcheson, Hutchison, Huchison, MacCutcheon, MacHutcheon, MacCutchin, MacCutchan, MacCutchen, MacCutchon and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCutcheon research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1694, 1746, 1659, 1740, 1713, 1727 and are included under the topic Early McCutcheon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCutcheon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McCutcheon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McCutcheon were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McCutcheon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Phedris McCutcheon, who landed in New England in 1719

McCutcheon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert McCutcheon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • William McCutcheon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Samuel McCutcheon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Hugh McCutcheon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • David McCutcheon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844

McCutcheon Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Jas McCutcheon, aged 38, who emigrated to America from New York, in 1903
  • James McCutcheon, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Douglas, Scotland, in 1904
  • Francis McCutcheon, aged 32, who landed in America from Douglas, Scotland, in 1904
  • Chrissie McCutcheon, aged 0, who emigrated to the United States from Larkhall, in 1904
  • H. Louise McCutcheon, who settled in America, in 1906


  • Bill McCutcheon (1924-2002), American Emmy and Tony award winning actor
  • Daylon McCutcheon (b. 1976), American college football player, son of Lawrence McCutcheon
  • George Barr McCutcheon (1866-1928), American popular novelist and playwright
  • John McCutcheon (b. 1952), American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist
  • John T. McCutcheon (1870-1949), American political cartoonist
  • General Keith B. McCutcheon (1915-1971), U.S. Marine Corps aviator seeing combat in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and ten Air Medals
  • Lawrence McCutcheon (b. 1950), American NFL football player
  • Shaw McCutcheon (b. 1921), American editorial cartoonist
  • Malcolm Wallace McCutcheon PC, CBE, QC (1906-1969), Canadian politician appointed to the Canadian Senate in 1962
  • Martine McCutcheon (b. 1976), English singer, television personality and Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress



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: Memor esto
Motto Translation: Be mindful.


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