McCandlish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McCandlish family

The surname McCandlish was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat in Western Scotland. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted found haven. Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some Gallowegians were native Scots, some were Irish clans mostly from Ulster in the 13th century. The name was first recorded in Scotland about the 15th century in Wigtown. They may also have been McCanish sept of Atholl to the north.

"Eight of this name appear in Wigtownshire in eighteenth century (Wigtown). William M'Candlish in Balmangan, 1794 (Kirkcudbright). In 1684 the name appears as Makkanless, McCandlish McAndlish M'Canleis, and M'Caunles (Parish). The spelling with Mac is probably now extinct. From Irish MacCuindlis or MacCuindilis, son of Cuindleas." [1]

Early History of the McCandlish family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCandlish research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1794, 1806, 1873, 1684 and are included under the topic Early McCandlish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCandlish Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: McCandlish, McAndliss, McCandless, McChandliss, McChandlish, McChandless, McCandliss, McCaunless, McCaunles, McKanless, McCanless, Candlish and many more.

Early Notables of the McCandlish family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the McCandlish family to Ireland

Some of the McCandlish family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 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 McCandlish migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCandlish Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George McCandlish who held lands in what is now Milton in Pennsylvania, in 1775
  • William McCandlish, who arrived in America in 1776 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCandlish (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Vaughan McCandlish (1886-1975), United States Navy flag officer, 36th Naval Governor of Guam and was a recipient of the Navy Cross
  • Carolyn McCandlish, American actress, known for Adrift (2015), Kryptonights (2018) and Lonely Boys (2016)
  • Shari McCandlish, American actress and producer, known for The Job Interview (2022)
  • Mark McCandlish, American television host, known for Zero Point: The Story of Mark McCandlish and the Flux Liner (2013), WHY in the World Are They Spraying? (2012) and Unacknowledged (2017)
  • Margherita Wood McCandlish (1892-1954), American former First Lady of Guam
  • John MacGregor McCandlish FRSE WS (1821-1901), Scottish lawyer and actuary, the first president of the Faculty of Actuaries
  • John McCandlish Phillips Jr., (1927-2013), American journalist and author on religious subjects who worked at the New York Times from 1952 to 1973


The McCandlish 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: Sola nobilitas virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is the only nobility.


  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. ^ 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)


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