McCole History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the McCole family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.

Saint Gall (550?-645?), originally named Cellach or Caillech, was abbot and the apostle of the Suevi and the Alemanni, and appears to have been the son of Cethernach, an Irishman of noble lineage, of the sept of Hy-Cennsealach, his mother being, it is asserted, a queen of Hungary. [1]

The MacGall variant was later derived from the Gaelic Mac goill, or Mac an ghoill, 'stranger's son,' 'Lowlander.' [2]

The MacCall variant was from the Gaelic MacCathail, 'son of Cathal,' "the M'Calls of Guffokland were an old Nithsdale family. Robert M'Kawele, was Lord of Karsnelohe, c. 1370-1380." [2]

Early Origins of the McCole family

The surname McCole 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 census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

The Maccalls of Dumfriesshire were settled there as early as 1500, and are said to be descended from the Macaulays. John M'Call is recorded in Cumbray, 1583 (Hunter, p. 31). Matthew McCall in Maybole, charged with reset of rebels in 1607, appears a few days later as McEall (RPC., XIV p. 507). Quintigern Makcall, bailie of Edinburgh, 1610. [2]

Early History of the McCole family

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McCole Spelling Variations

In various documents McCole has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.

Early Notables of the McCole family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McCole family to Ireland

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

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McCole or a variant listed above:

McCole Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Donald McCole, aged 34, who landed in North Carolina in 1774 [3]
  • Duncan McCole, aged 35, who landed in North Carolina in 1774 [3]
  • Dugal McCole, aged 38, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1775 [3]
  • David McCole, aged 30, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1775 [3]
McCole Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McCole, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [3]

Australia McCole migration to Australia +

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

McCole Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William McCole, aged 39, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCole (post 1700) +

  • Stephen McCole, Scottish 2004 BAFTA Scotland Best Drama Award winning actor
  • John McCole (1936-1982), Irish-born, Scottish professional footballer
  • Skye McCole Bartusiak (1992-2014), American film and television actress


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml


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