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The MacOmber 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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The surname MacOmber was 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.

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


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

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

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Some of the MacOmber 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:

MacOmber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • G Macomber, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • L Macomber, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mr. Macomber, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Curtis Macomber, American violinist and faculty member at the the Manhattan School of Music
  • John D. Macomber (b. 1928), American banker, President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (1989-1992)
  • William Butts Macomber Jr. (1921-2003), official in the United States Department of State and a United States diplomat
  • Joshua Mason Macomber (1811-1881), noted American educator and a physician
  • Abraham Kingsley Macomber (1874-1955), American adventurer, businessman, philanthropist
  • Debbie Macomber (b. 1948), best-selling American author of over 150 romance novels, recipient of a lifetime achievement award by the Romance Writers of America
  • Franklin Bart Macomber (1894-1971), American football player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972


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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 MacOmber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacOmber 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 24 October 2014 at 10:25.

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