Show ContentsMcCrum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name McCrum is an age-old Dalriadan-Scottish nickname for a person with blond hair. The Scottish name Crone was originally derived from the Gaelic word "cron", which means saffron, yellow-colored or dark, and refers to the complexion or hair coloring of the original bearer.

Early Origins of the McCrum family

The surname McCrum 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 very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the McCrum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCrum research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1931, 1640, 1617, 1682, 1656, 1660, 1641, 1712 and are included under the topic Early McCrum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCrum Spelling Variations

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 McCrum has appeared as Crone, Cron, Cronie and others.

Early Notables of the McCrum family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Daniel Crone, who represented the family in around the year 1640, and was the Chief of the family at that time; William Crowne (1617-1682), English colonel during the English civil war, and one of the early...
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Ireland Migration of the McCrum family to Ireland

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

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 McCrum or a variant listed above:

McCrum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McCrum, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Sarah McCrum, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Robert McCrum, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Francis McCrum, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [1]
  • John McCrum, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCrum (post 1700) +

  • Mr. James McCrum M.B.E., British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Rathfriland Farmers Co-op Society Limited and to the Farming community in South Down [2]
  • Robert Garmany McCrum, Irish millionaire, builder of the Victorian era model village of Milford, High Sheriff of Armagh
  • Charles McCrum (b. 1964), Irish former cricketer
  • Paul McCrum (b. 1962), Irish former cricketer
  • Robert McCrum (b. 1953), English writer and editor
  • Michael William McCrum CBE (1924-2005), English academic and ancient historian who served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

  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)
  2. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, on Facebook