McCrachan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McCrachan family

The surname McCrachan was first found in Wigtown (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway.

However, there is much dispute to the origin of the family. "Various explanations have been given of the origin of this name, the most likely of which is that it is "nothing but a variant owing to the action of two well-known dialectal processes of the name Macnauchton." Settlements from Argyll into Galloway were made about the middle of the eighth century and later, and Watson has pointed out that with regard to dedications in Galloway that there was a close connection between this region and Kintyre." [1]

Spellings were very varied as we found: "Michael Makcraken was a follower of the earl of Cassilis respited for murder, 1526. Gilbert M'Crekane was burgess of Wigtown, and Michael M'Crekane notary public there, 1536, and burgess, 1546. John M'Crekane was vicar of Sorbie, 1536, notary public in Wigtown, 1539, and commissary of Fames and Rennys, 1542-1545." [1]

Early History of the McCrachan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCrachan research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1536, 1540, 1628, 1767, 1798, 1767, 1791, 1796, 1798, 1798 and are included under the topic Early McCrachan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCrachan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacCracken, MacCrachen, MacCrackan, MacCrackin and others.

Early Notables of the McCrachan family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Henry Joy McCracken (1767-1798), "United Irishman, was born in Belfast on 31 Aug. 1767, and brought up to the linen business. At the age of twenty-two he was placed at the head of a cotton factory. Adopting nationalist sentiments, he in 1791 joined with Thomas Russell in the formation of the first society of United Irishmen in Belfast, and gave himself enthusiastically to the working of designs. In October 1796 he was along with his brother William, and imprisoned in Kilmainham gaol for thirteen months. Ultimately he was liberated on bail, and returning...
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Ireland Migration of the McCrachan family to Ireland

Some of the McCrachan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 100 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McCrachan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCrachan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McCrachan, who landed in America in 1806 [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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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