Show ContentsMcCullar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Strathclyde clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first people to use the name McCullar. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach, meaning boar.

Early Origins of the McCullar family

The surname McCullar 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 McCullar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCullar research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1470, 1640, 1697 and 1890 are included under the topic Early McCullar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCullar Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. McCullar has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.

Early Notables of the McCullar family

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...
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McCullar Ranking

In the United States, the name McCullar is the 10,455th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

Ireland Migration of the McCullar family to Ireland

Some of the McCullar 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 McCullar migration to the United States +

Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

McCullar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Zelma McCullar, aged 25, who settled in Denton, Texas, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name McCullar (post 1700) +

  • Michelle McCullar, American production assistant, known for her work on On the Spot (2011-2012)
  • Kevin Wayne Mccullar (b. 1968), birth name of Kevin Wayne, American actor, known for his work on Company M: A Mob of Soldiers (2012), Ace Derringer vs. the Shadow Men (2004) and Dead in 5 Heartbeats (2013)
  • Doyle McCullar (b. 1967), American actor, best known for his role in Hide and Seek (1997)

The McCullar 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.

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