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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The name McCrimmon is an age-old Dalriadan-Scottish nickname for a person noted as a guardian. The name, which is Mac Cruimein in Gaelic, is derived from the Old Norse Hromund, which means famed protector.

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The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McCrimmon has appeared as MacCrimmon, MacRimmon, MacCrummen, MacCrummin, Crimmon, Crimmons, Crimmin and many more.

First found in on the Isle of Skye, where they were hereditary Pipers to the MacLeods of Dunvegan and founded the famous College of Piping, the most celebrated of its kind in the world. They were said to be the greatest Pipers of all Gaeldom.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCrimmon research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 153 and 1533 are included under the topic Early McCrimmon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McCrimmon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCrimmon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Donald McCrimmon U.E., (Daniel) who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Donald McCrimmon U.E. who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1786

McCrimmon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John McCrimmon, aged 56, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Edinburgh" in 1815
  • Catharine McCrimmon, aged 46, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Edinburgh" in 1815
  • Catharine McCrimmon, aged 17, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Edinburgh" in 1815
  • Christian McCrimmon, aged 15, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Edinburgh" in 1815
  • Mary McCrimmon, aged 13, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Edinburgh" in 1815


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  • Katie Kerwin McCrimmon (b. 1965), American journalist and former reporter/analyst for ESPN
  • Brad McCrimmon (1959-2011), Canadian professional NHL ice-hockey player who played from 1979 to 1997
  • Abraham Lincoln McCrimmon (1865-1935), Canadian academic and Chancellor of McMaster University
  • Donald "Don" James McCrimmon (b. 1918), Canadian provincial level politician from Alberta
  • John James McCrimmon (b. 1953), retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman


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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: Permitte caetera divis
Motto Translation: Leave the rest to the Gods.

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The McCrimmon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCrimmon 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.

This page was last modified on 2 March 2016 at 13:23.

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