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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCole research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1602 is included under the topic Early McCole History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McCole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McCole family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
McCole Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McCole Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The McCole Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCole 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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