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The McCausland family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McCausland is derived from the Gaelic form of Absolom, which means peace. Historically this name can be found in The Bible, as the name of the third son of King David, who was killed for rebellion against his father.


The surname McCausland was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McCausland include MacAuslan, MacAslan, MacAsland, MacAusland, MacAuslane, Mac Auslin, MacCauslan, MacCausland, MacCauseland and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCausland research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1421 is included under the topic Early McCausland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCausland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the McCausland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McCausland arrived in North America very early:

McCausland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McCausland, aged 30, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Oliver McCausland, aged 22, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Susanna McCausland, aged 28, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Conolly McCausland, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Thomas McCausland, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • ...

McCausland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Enos McCausland, who arrived in Canada in 1834

McCausland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget McCausland, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"

McCausland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert McCausland, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Rachael McCausland, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Isabella McCausland, aged 2 mths., arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

  • John McCausland Jr. (1836-1927), American brigadier general in the Confederate States Army
  • Lucius Perronet Thompson McCausland (1904-1984), British economist
  • John McCausland (1735-1804), member of the Irish parliament representing Donegal County
  • Ernesto McCausland (b. 1961), Colombian journalist, writer and filmmaker
  • Yvette McCausland, New Zealand netball coach and former netball player
  • Charles Edward McCausland (1898-1965), Irish cricketer
  • Dominick McCausland (1806-1873), Irish barrister and Christian author
  • Nelson McCausland MLA, British unionist politician from Northern Ireland
  • Brigadier Arthur Elsmere McCausland (1897-1984), Australian Director of Engineer Stores, Army Headquarters in 1945
  • Chris McCausland (b. 1977), British comedian

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: Audaces juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.


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    Other References

    1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    6. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The McCausland Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The McCausland Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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