Show ContentsMcCaig History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of McCaig was Mac Taidh or O Taidhg.

Early Origins of the McCaig family

The surname McCaig was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McCaig family

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McCaig Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname McCaig were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. MacTeige, McTeige, MacTigue, McTigue, MacCaig, MacCaige, McCaig, McCaige, MacKaig, McKaig, MacKeague, McKeague, McKeage, MacTague and many more.

Early Notables of the McCaig family (pre 1700)

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United States McCaig migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute due to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McCaig family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McCaig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McCaig, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]
  • Robert McCaig, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

Canada McCaig migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCaig Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William McCaig, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833

Australia McCaig migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McCaig Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Duncan McCaig who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Circassian" on 4th November 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Mr. Henry McCaig who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "David Malcolm" on 13th May 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCaig (post 1700) +

  • Iain McCaig (b. 1957), American-born, Canadian illustrator and conceptual designer, best known for designing the Star Wars characters Padmé Amidala and Darth Maul
  • Donald McCaig (b. 1940), American novelist, poet and essayist
  • Dave McCaig (b. 1971), Canadian artist and colourist, known for his work on Adam Strange, X-Men, Star Wars, Superman: Birthright, The Matrix Comics, and many more, winner of won the 2008 Joe Shuster Award for Best Colorist
  • John Robert "Bud" McCaig (1929-2005), Canadian businessman, co-owner of the Calgary Flames NHL franchise
  • John Stuart McCaig (1823-1902), Scottish architect, eponym of McCaig's Tower on Battery Hill overlooking the town of Oban in Argyll, Scotland
  • David "Dave" McCaig, former Scottish professional footballer
  • Douglas McCaig (1919-1982), Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 263 games in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks
  • John McCaig Bolton (1941-2021), Scottish footballer who played in 261 matches from 1960 to 1973

The McCaig 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: Summum nec metuam diem nec optem
Motto Translation: May I neither dread nor desire the last day.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 8th February 2021, retrieved from
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st June 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook