The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name McCagg is derived from the Gaelic names Mac Adhamh
or Mac Edhamh,
which both mean son of Adam.
Early Origins of the McCagg family
The surname McCagg was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the McCagg family
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McCagg Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name McCagg has been spelled Heggie, MacHeggie, MacCagy, MacKeggie, Higgie and others.
Early Notables of the McCagg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCagg family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of McCagg: Daniel and John McKegan, who were naturalized in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1826; Christopher McKeg, who is on record in Philadelphia in 1868.
Contemporary Notables of the name McCagg (post 1700)
- Mary McCagg (b. 1967), American gold, silver and bronze medalist rower
- David McCagg, American six-time gold medalist swimmer
- Elizabeth McCagg (b. 1967), American gold, three-time silver and bronze medalist rower
The McCagg 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.