The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name McCullaugh. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach,
Early Origins of the McCullaugh family
The surname McCullaugh was 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.
Early History of the McCullaugh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCullaugh research.Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early McCullaugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCullaugh Spelling Variations
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred
years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. McCullaugh has appeared as MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.
Early Notables of the McCullaugh family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Godfrey McCulloch, 2nd Baronet
of Mertoun (c.1640-1697), a Scottish politician executed for the murder of William Gordon who died from a shot in the leg, partly as a result of a long-standing feud. Following the execution, much of his family emigrated to... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCullaugh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCullaugh family to Ireland
Some of the McCullaugh family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCullaugh family to the New World and Oceana
As the persecution of Clan
families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence
allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: Robert MacCullaugh who settled in Jamaica in 1716; John and Jane MacCulloch settled in Charles Town in 1762; Barbara and Hugh MacCullock settled in Maryland in 1774.
The McCullaugh Motto
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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