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Where did the Scottish McCulloch family come from? What is the Scottish McCulloch family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCulloch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCulloch family history?

The ancient name McCulloch was first used by the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach, meaning boar.

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In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McCulloch has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCulloch research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early McCulloch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 191 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCulloch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McCulloch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

McCulloch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Roderick McCulloch, who landed in Virginia in 1727
  • Sarah McCulloch, who arrived in New England in 1764
  • Adam McCulloch, who arrived in Maine in 1766

McCulloch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Catharine McCulloch, aged 6, landed in New York in 1854
  • Edwd McCulloch, aged 40, landed in New York in 1854
  • Henry McCulloch, aged 21, landed in New York in 1854
  • Thomas McCulloch, aged 4, landed in New York in 1854
  • Mary McCulloch, aged 27, landed in New York in 1854


McCulloch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Alexander McCulloch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
  • Margaret McCulloch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839

McCulloch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas McCulloch, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Lydia McCulloch, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Robert McCulloch, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agra" in 1852
  • Euphemia McCulloch, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agra" in 1852
  • R. McCulloch arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864


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  • Benjamin McCulloch (1811-1862), American brigadier general in the army of the Confederate States during the American Civil War
  • Hugh McCulloch (1808-1895), American statesman
  • Robert Paxton McCulloch (1911-1977), American entrepreneur, founder of McCulloch chainsaws
  • Warren Sturgis McCulloch (1899-1969), American neurophysiologist and cybernetician
  • Brigadier-General William Alexander McCulloch (1889-1959), American Commanding Officer 35th Infantry Regiment (1940)
  • Horatio McCulloch (1806-1867), Scottish landscape painter
  • John Ramsey McCulloch (1789-1864), Scottish economist, leader of the Ricardian School of Economists, co-founder and one of the first editors of The Scotsman newspaper
  • Jimmy McCulloch (1953-1979), Scottish musician, best known for playing lead guitar in Paul McCartney's Wings
  • Andrew "Andy" McCulloch (b. 1945), Scottish television writer and actor
  • Alan Riverstone McCulloch (1885-1925), prominent Australian ichthyologist

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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: Vi et animo
Motto Translation: By strength and courage.

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

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