McCollough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Strathclyde Briton name McCollough is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach, meaning boar.

Early Origins of the McCollough family

The surname McCollough was first found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway where one of the first on record was Andrew MacCulloch who served King William the Lion of Scotland and received the lands of Myretoun (now Monreith near Whitehorn in Wigtown). However ancient records show the Clan as being mentioned in the year 743 in that area.

Early History of the McCollough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCollough research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early McCollough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCollough Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. McCollough has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.

Early Notables of the McCollough family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Godfrey McCulloch, 2nd Baronet of Mertoun (c.1640-1697), a Scottish politician executed for the murder of William Gordon who died from a shot in the leg, partly as a result of a long-standing feud. Following the execution, much of his family emigrated to America...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCollough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McCollough family to Ireland

Some of the McCollough family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 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 McCollough migration to the United States +

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

McCollough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Marrian McCollough, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
McCollough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McCollough, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • William Wallace McCollough, who arrived in Mississippi in 1857 [1]
McCollough Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lottie McCollough, aged 25, who settled in America from Belfast, in 1904
  • Kate McCollough, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Susan McCollough, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Michael McCollough, aged 18, who landed in America from Drogheda, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mrs. D. McCollough, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McCollough migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCollough Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • John McCollough, aged 56, who immigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1914
  • Peter McCollough, aged 11, who immigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name McCollough (post 1700) +

  • Lloyd Arnold McCollough (1935-1976), American rockabilly musician
  • Aaron McCollough (b. 1971), American poet
  • Celeste McCollough, American scientist who discovered the McCollough effect, a phenomenon of human visual perception
  • Sean Mccollough (b. 1952), Irish professional footballer


The McCollough 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: Vi et animo
Motto Translation: By strength and courage.


  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)


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