McCombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McCombe surname comes from the Gaelic MacComaidh, which is in turn from MacThomaidh or MacThom. The same Gaelic names have often been Anglicized Thomson.

Early Origins of the McCombe family

The surname McCombe was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the McCombe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCombe research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1571, and 1587 are included under the topic Early McCombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCombe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacComb, MacCombe, MacCombie, MacCombs, MacCome, MacComie, McCome, McKComb, Mackcome, McComey and many more.

Early Notables of the McCombe family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the McCombe family to Ireland

Some of the McCombe 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 McCombe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCombe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth McCombe, who arrived in New York in 1835 [1]
  • John McCombe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Robert McCombe, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCombe (post 1700) +

  • James David "Jim" McCombe (1932-2011), Canadian Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot, Commander of the Golden Hawks aerobatics team
  • Sir Richard George Bramwell McCombe (b. 1952), English barrister and judge who is a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, Lord Justice of Appeal (2012-)
  • John McCombe (b. 1985), English footballer who plays for York City as a defender, the club's Player of the Year Award in 2011
  • Jamie Paul McCombe (b. 1983), English footballer who currently plays for Doncaster Rovers


The McCombe 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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.


  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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