McCullock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A people of the Scottish/English Borderlands known as the Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name McCullock. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach, meaning boar.

Early Origins of the McCullock family

The surname McCullock 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 McCullock family

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

McCullock Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. McCullock has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.

Early Notables of the McCullock family (pre 1700)

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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Ireland Migration of the McCullock family to Ireland

Some of the McCullock 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 McCullock migration to the United States +

Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

McCullock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander McCullock, who landed in New England in 1730 [1]
  • Ann McCullock, who landed in Virginia in 1746 [1]
  • Dominick McCullock, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • John McCullock, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1774 [1]
  • William McCullock, aged 24, who landed in Georgia in 1775 [1]
McCullock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert McCullock, aged 45, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]

Australia McCullock migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McCullock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas McCullock, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 27th May 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • John McCullock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]
  • Ann McCullock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]
  • Ellen McCullock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [3]
  • Mr. John McCullock, (b. 1813), aged 28, Irish carpenter from Galway, Ireland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [4]
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New Zealand McCullock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McCullock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert McCULLOCK, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. John Mccullock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "England" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th February 1867 [5]
  • Mr. Neil McCullock, (b. 1853), aged 21, Scottish settler from Stirling travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [6]
  • Miss Margaret McCullock, (b. 1858), aged 16, Scottish settler from Stirling travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCullock (post 1700) +

  • Adam McCullock (b. 1834), Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War awarded the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay
  • W.B. McCullock, Canadian President of the Brampton Fall Fair (1921-1922)
  • Michelle McCullock (b. 1970), known by her stage name Michie Mee, is a Canadian rapper and actor

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. George McCullock, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]


The McCullock 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.


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elphinstone
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  4. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=209
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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