Show ContentsMacUmber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacUmber surname comes from the Gaelic MacComaidh, which is in turn from MacThomaidh or MacThom. The same Gaelic names have often been Anglicized Thomson. [1]

Early Origins of the MacUmber family

The surname MacUmber 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.

"The 'b' was introduced into the name about the end of the eighteenth century. MacComy was a common surname in Breadalbana 250 and more years ago. The Glenshee MaacComies date their rise from the latter half of the fourteenth century. They appear as a distinct family in Glenshee in the sixteenth century, and in a feu-charter of the lands of Finnegand and Glenbeg granted in 1571 to John M'Comy Moir they are described as being 'ab antiquo' tenants and possessors of these lands." [1]

Early History of the MacUmber family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacUmber research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1508, 1540, 1542, 1556, 1586, 1587, 1595, 1623, 1638, 1644, 1645, 1663, 1696, 1760 and 1890 are included under the topic Early MacUmber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacUmber Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the MacUmber family

More information is included under the topic Early MacUmber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the MacUmber family to Ireland

Some of the MacUmber 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.


United States MacUmber migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacUmber Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gilbert Macumber, aged 44, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Glooscap" from Windsor, Nova Scotia,Canada [2]
  • Harold Macumber, aged 16, arrived in City Island, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Glooscap" from Windsor, Nova Scotia,Canada [2]
  • Percy Macumber, aged 15, arrived in City Island, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Glooscap" from Windsor, Nova Scotia,Canada [2]

Canada MacUmber migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacUmber Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ichabod Macumber, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1761
  • Stephen Macumber, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1761

Contemporary Notables of the name MacUmber (post 1700) +

  • Josh Macumber, American country music artist, known for his duet with Emma-Lee
  • John R. Macumber, American Acting Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
  • Bobby Macumber, Australian comedian


The MacUmber 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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.


  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result


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