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The roots of the McCullough family stretch back to the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands, who were the first to use this surname. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach, meaning boar.

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The surname McCullough 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.

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. McCullough has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCullough research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early McCullough 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 McCullough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McCullough 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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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

McCullough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alexander McCullough, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Alexr McCullough, aged 10, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Andw McCullough, aged 16, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Hers McCullough, aged 27, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jean McCullough, aged 14, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803


McCullough Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Adam McCullough, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Alex McCullough, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

McCullough Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William McCullough, aged 22, a weaver, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • George McCullough, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast

McCullough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Bridgit McCullough arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839

McCullough Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John McCullough arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863

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  • William J. McCullough, American politician, Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Shiawassee County, 1933
  • William H. McCullough, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1889-92
  • William McCullough, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Sussex County, 1793-96, 1799
  • Walter McCullough, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 4th District, 1968
  • W. S. McCullough, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1868
  • W. H. McCullough, American politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Allen County, 1880-83
  • W. H. McCullough, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1924
  • W. Andrew McCullough, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Utah State Attorney General, 2000
  • W. A. McCullough, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 2nd District, 1940
  • W. A. McCullough, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1896

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  • Descendants of William C. McCullough by Edna Hazel McCullough Lowery.
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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 McCullough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCullough 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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