The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name McCulough. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach,
Early Origins of the McCulough family
The surname McCulough 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 McCulough family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCulough research.Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early McCulough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCulough Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. McCulough has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.
Early Notables of the McCulough 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 McCulough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCulough family to Ireland
Some of the McCulough 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 McCulough family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. 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 McCulough 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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